Hurricane Season Preparedness
Be Prepared for Hurricane Season
A hurricane can cause major headaches for you and your family - power outages, long lines at gasoline stations and supermarkets, limited medical supplies, not being able to stay informed, etc. The best way to minimize these and many other problems is to be prepared.
Don't wait until a hurricane threatens our region to think about what you need to safeguard you and your family. Sit down with your family and make a plan to determine essentials such as how much water your family needs, where you will go if you need to evacuate before a storm hits and how you will stay in contact with loved ones.
Some important points to consider when preparing your hurricane plan and gathering supplies:
- Self Sufficiency: Plan on being self sufficient for at least seven daysafter a hurricane hits your area. Emergency crews and government agencies will likely be tending to the hardest hit areas, so you should not rely on their assistance immediately following a storm.
- Evacuations: Do you live in an evacuation zone? If so, do you know where you will go if an evacuation order is issued for your area? Only go as far as you need to get to a safe location. Leaving the county and driving long distances is not advisable. A storm may change direction at any time, and debris scattered by a storm may make returning extremely difficult.
- Don't Plan on Evacuating? Help Us Notify Your Loved Ones If You Don't Survive: If you live in an evacuation zone but do not plan on heading to a safe location following an evacuation order, the City of Hollywood respectfully requests that you submit a Next of Kin Information Form to help first responders identify you and notify a loved one if you do not survive the storm.
- Shelters: Going to a hurricane evacuation shelter should be considered a last resort. They can get full and do not have the comforts of a friend's or relative's home.
- Emergency Contacts: Establish reliable emergency contacts inside and outside our region to ensure that your loved ones know the status of you and your family.
- Special Medical Needs: Have a relative with special medical needs? Be sure to make appropriate arrangements for them. You also can register them for accommodation at a Special Medical Needs Shelter. To request or obtain an application for a Special Needs Shelter and/or Paratransit evacuation transportation, including applications in alternative formats, call Broward County Emergency Management at 954.831.3902 TTY 954.831.3940).
- Need prescription medication following a hurricane/emergency? Learn what pharmacies are open in your area during an emergency.
- Pets: Don't forget your pets! Make sure you have enough food and water for them and you keep them indoors with you during a storm. If you have to evacuate and would like to inquire about placing your pet in a pet-friendly shelter, please call the Humane Society of Broward County at 954.989.3977
Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline
Have a question about government services before, during and after a hurricane? Call the Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline at 954.831.4000 or by dialing 311.
Florida Power & Light (FPL) Storm Readiness Information
Power outages are common during a hurricane. FPL offers a comprehensive storm plan that focuses on readiness, restoration and recovery to respond safely and quickly to electrical infrastructure damaged by a tropical storm or hurricane. Visit www.fpl.com/storm to learn more about FPL's storm readiness and what you can do to be prepared.
Important Phone Numbers
Emergency - 911
Hollywood Police Department non-emergency - 954.764.4357
Hollywood Department of Public Utilities - 954.967.4455
Broward American Red Cross - 954.797.3800
Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline - 954.831.4000 or 3-1-1
Broward County Special Needs Registry - 954.831.3902 / TTY 954.831.3940
Humane Society of Broward County Pet Hotline - 954.989.3977
FEMA Hotline - 800.621.3362
State Attorney General's Office Price Gouging Hotline - 866.966.7226
Florida Division of Insurance Consumer Hotline - 800.342.2762
AT&T / Bellsouth, Repairs - 877.737.2478
Florida Power & Light - 800.468.8243