BSO Hurricane Guide
Be aware of approaching storms:
It's important to know the difference between a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning. A watch indicates hurricane conditions are possible, generally within 36 hours. A hurricane warning indicates hurricane conditions are anticipated, usually within 24 hours.
When a hurricane watch is issued, re-check your emergency supplies to make sure you have what you need; restock if necessary. If you have hurricane shutters, remove them from storage and make sure you have the hardware and tools necessary to install them. Stay tuned to local media and to advisories from the National Hurricane Center; they will advise you as to appropriate times to begin installation.
Prepare an evacuation plan in advance. Make arrangements to evacuate to the home of a friend or relative in a safer area, but if you can't, know the location of the nearest hurricane shelter. Remember that pets are not premitted in hurricane shelters with one exception: Millennium Middle School in Tamarac is meant only for pet owners who live in the county's evacuation zone, which includes all the coastal areas and mobile home parks. If you're advised to evacuate your home, leave immediately. And remember that leaving town may not be an option; it's generally best to evacuate within your county of residence. Roads may be too clogged for travel.
Stay tuned to local media or to NOAA weather radio for updates and instructions.
- BSO Hurricane Guide Main Page
- Hurricane supplies
- Installing hurricane shutters
- As the storm approaches
- Should you evacuate?
- Pet and livestock owners - special preparations
- Staying safe during the hurricane
- After the storm has safely passed
- Generator safety
- Price gouging
- Snapshot Damage Assessment Program
- More information
- List of Broward County hurricane shelters
Other helpful information from Broward County:
- To track the storm
- Evacuation and Shelter Information
- A - Z Hurricane Guide
- Be Prepared with BSO's Hurricane Safety Brochure
- Broward County
- Florida Power and Light
For a complete list of Broward County services, please click here to view The Official Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Guide.
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