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Chief’s Message - August 16, 2019

We tend to associate summertime with the usual afternoon rain showers and thunderstorms, but the end of the summer is not necessarily the end of bad weather. Remember that the hurricane season began June 1 and goes on through November 30. 

As you are making last-minute preparations to send your children back to school, please don’t forget to have your hurricane plans completed as well. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicted between 9 and 15 named storms this hurricane season.  

Keep in mind that 40% of formed hurricanes are a direct hit to Florida. Category 5 hurricanes may deliver winds of 157 miles per hour or more. During a hurricane, the beaches' storm surges can reach up 20 feet high and spread several miles inland. The following are some safety tips to follow to keep you and your family safe during hurricane season:

  • If you have a smartphone, you might want to download a free weather advisory app.
  • If you do not have hurricane impact windows, make sure that your hurricane shutters are in good shape and that you have the appropriate hardware to install them.
  • Purchase items needed to secure your home like metal shutters, plywood, and sand bags.
  • Keep your car’s gas tank full.  In the event of a hurricane warning, there may be a shortage of gas.  Keep gas containers handy to stock up.
  • Keep a good supply of canned goods and foods that do not need refrigeration like beef jerky, crackers, and nuts.
  • Keep a ‘Go Bag’ for each member of your family, including blankets, working flashlights, hygiene items, a first-aid kit, cell phone chargers, and cash.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends having a least 5 gallons of clean water per person in the event water becomes contaminated. You will need water to drink, for bathing, and possibly medical needs.  
  • Keep extra batteries and a battery-operated radio handy.  
  • Prepare a list of emergency phone numbers and contacts in case cell phones do not work during/after a hurricane.
  • If you do not feel safe in your home pick a meeting place for your family. Check with friends or family members and ask about their plans if you want to be included with them. Be familiar with the shelters in your community and make a list of the shelter’s rules and provisions. 
  • Make plans for elderly, infants, and pets during an evacuation. If a senior in your family needs assistance, consider attaining a walker or wheelchair for them.
  • Make sure to pack a week’s supply of clothing, medication, non-perishable food, and pet food/supplies.
  • Store essential documents like insurance cards, social security cards, birth certificates and mortgage papers in a zip lock bag.
  • Have a small cooler handy in case you need to keep medication in a cool place.
  • Many shelters are not able to accommodate your pets.  Make sure you have a plan for your pets or find accommodation where you can bring your pets with you.
  • If you feel the need to evacuate, make sure that you have mapped a couple of emergency evacuation routes for a safe trip out of the area.
  • Identify an indoor location to store your patio furniture, potted plants, or any outdoor decorations that can turn into dangerous objects in strong winds.

Important phone numbers to keep handy:

  • In case of an emergency, always dial 911
  • Lauderhill Police Department non-emergency number: 954-497-4700
  • Lauderhill Fire Department non-emergency number: 954-730-2950
  • Broward County Sheriff’s Office customer service non-emergency number: 954-764-4357
  • FEMA Disaster Survivors number: 1-800-621-3362

Be Prepared So That You Can Stay Safe!!!

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