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Your "One-Stop Shop" for finding information regarding services in Broward County available for seniors, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, ages 18 and over, their families, and caregivers.

Watching and waiting

Time to Make Final Preparations

Wishing a Hurricane Away Won't Help, but staying calm and staying informed on the storm's position and strength will help you make decisions in the best interest of you and your family.


Bloodhound Tracking

Once a Storm has Formed and Is Being Tracked

  • Do NOT Cut Down Trees or do major yard work. This type of work should be done in the Spring before hurricane season begins.
  • Do NOT Begin Construction Projects that produce debris.
  • Do NOT Trim Vegetation of any kind. Mass cutting places a tremendous burden on the normal collection process and there is not enough equipment or manpower to collect the additional material before the storm makes landfall.
  • Do NOT Take Materials to the Curb or landfill. Services may be suspended and facilities closed early to prepare for the storm.

Mr. Alarm Watch

A Hurricane Watch Comes First

The National Weather Service Issues a Hurricane Watch when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 24-36 hours.

Now IS The Time To:

  • List to Radio or Television and/or Monitor the Internet for storm updates. Hurricanes can change direction, speed and intensity very suddenly, so stay updated.
  • Check Your Disaster Supplies List and get any missing items, if possible.
  • Fill Your Car's Gas Tank.
  • Bring in Outdoor Objects such as lawn furniture, toys and hanging plants.
  • Close and Board Up Windows and glass sliding doors. Permanent shutters are the best protection, but a lower-cost approach is to put up plywood panels.
  • Turn Refrigerator and Freezer to coldest settings. Open only when necessary.
  • If you have available freezer space, fill it with bottles of drinking water. After the hurricane has passed when you're without electrical power, the frozen water bottles can be used to keep your food cold as well as for cold drinking water.
  • Turn Off Propane Tanks. Turn off utilities if told to do so by authorities.
  • Store Valuables and Important Documents in a safe deposit box on the highest level of your home.
  • Review Your Hurricane and Evacuation Plan.

Lighthouse Warning

A Hurricane Warning Comes Next

The National Weather Service Issues a Hurricane Warning when hurricane conditions are expected in 24 hours or less.

Now IS The Time To:

  • Listen CONSTANTLY to a Radio or Television for official instructions.
  • Evacuate If Told to Do So, but if you are told to evacuate at this point, it means you should go to a safer location than the one you are currently in—a place further inland such as a designated shelter or a family member's home. It is likely to late at this point to get in your car and attempt to drive out of the area via the Turnpike or I-95.
  • If Evacuating, call your out-of-town contact so someone will know where you are going.
  • Store Drinking Water in clean bathtubs, sinks and plastic bottles.

Know the Hazards

A Hurricane is a Tropical Cyclone with sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or more. Hurricane winds blow in a large spiral around a relatively calm center known as the "eye." Hurricanes bring torrential rains, high winds, and as they near land, storm surges.

Most Hurricane-Related Deaths are caused by floods.

Storm Surge is the most dangerous element of a hurricane. This is a dome of ocean water that can be 20 feet high at its peak and 50 to 100 miles wide. Nine out of 10 hurricane fatalities are attributable to the storm surge.


Hurricane Categories

Category 1—Winds: 74-95 mph & Storm Surge: 4-5 feet

Damage primarily to shrubbery, trees, and unanchored mobile homes. No real damage to other structures. Some damage to poorly-constructed signs. Low-lying coastal roads inundated, minor pier damage, some small craft in exposed anchorage torn from moorings.

Category 2—Winds: 96-110 mph & Storm Surge: 6-8 feet

Considerable damage to shrubbery and tree foliage; some trees blown down. Major damage to exposed mobile homes. Extensive damage to poorly constructed signs; some damage to roofing materials of buildings; and some window and door damage. No major damage to buildings. Coastal roads and low-lying escape routes inland cut by rising water two to four hours before arrival of the hurricane's center. Considerable damage to piers. Marinas flooded and small craft in unprotected anchorages torn from moorings.

Category 3—Winds: 111-130 mph & Storm Surge: 9-12 feet

Foliage torn from trees; large trees blown down. Practically all poorly-constructed signs blown down; some damage to roofing materials of buildings; some window and door damage; and some structural damage to small buildings. Mobile homes destroyed. Serious flooding at coast and many smaller structures near coast destroyed; low-lying escape routes inland cut by rising water three to five hours before the hurricane's center arrives.

Category 4—Winds: 131-155 mph & Storm Surge: 13-18 feet

Shrubs and trees blown down; all signs down. Extensive damage to roofing materials, windows and doors; complete failure of roofs on many small residences; complete destruction of mobile homes. Major damage to lower floors of structures near shore due to flooding and battering waves and floating debris.

Category 5—Winds: 155+ mph & Storm Surge: 18 + feet

Shrubs and trees blown down; considerable damage to roofs of buildings; all signs down; very severe and extensive damage to windows and doors; complete failure of roofs on many residences and industrial buildings; extensive shattering of glass in windows and doors; some complete buiding failures; small buildings overturned or blown away and complete destruction of mobile homes. Low-lying escape routes inland cut by rising water three to five hours before the hurricane's center arrives.


Hurricanes are a part of Broward County's History

Prepare Yourself for What May Happen Here . . .