DATE: September 5, 2017MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly MaroePublic Information Manager, Broward County CommissionPHONE: 954-232-4510EMAIL:
BROWARD COUNTY, FL- At a 3PM news conference this afternoon, Mayor Barbara Sharief updated residents on the current status of Hurricane Irma as well as County pre-storm preparations. Highlights of the news conference included:Storm UpdateHurricane Irma is a large and powerful category 5 storm and impact from this storm will begin Friday evening. Broward County officials as well as residents should continue to monitor the situation.•Winds from Hurricane Irma are currently 185 mph. Residents should be prepared to put up shutters at the appropriate time and again be prepared with a family plan and supplies to last up to 3 to 5 days.•At this time, no evacuation has been ordered for Broward County, but residents, especially those in evacuation zones and low-lying areas, should review their plans now in the event they need to evacuate.Shelter Preparations•Broward County is working with Broward District Schools and the American Red Cross to finalize shelter options. Broward's sheltering plan includes up to 43 shelters with accommodations for up to 33,000 people. Sheltering operations are expected to begin on Thursday.•County is working to ensure that vulnerable residents, including those with special needs, have a sheltering plan. Those who do not should call 3-1-1.•Shelters are a refuge of last resort and provide only very basic services. The first, best place to shelter is with family or friends outside the evacuation zone. If you do plan on going to a shelter, bring everything you need to be comfortable including bedding, snacks, etc.
Possible Evacuations•If Broward County calls for evacuations please make sure that you take your identification and proof of residency with you. After the storm law enforcement will not let you back into your residence unless you have documentation to prove you are the homeowner.
Stay Connected•Broward County's Emergency Hotline (3-1-1 or 954-831-4000) is open until 5 pm Tuesday, September 5th and will reopen at 8AM Wednesday morning, September 6th on a 24/7 basis.•Follow us on Twitter@ReadyBroward•Subscribe to Broward County's new emergency alert notification system, AlertBroward• "Like us" on Facebook@BrowardEMD•Visit Broward.org/Hurricane
Travel Plans•If you plan on traveling to or from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport or Port Everglades, please check with your airline or cruise line.•The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau is working closely with port and airport officials to coordinate preparation efforts for area visitors.•Broward County Transit will continue on a regular schedule until services are suspended due to tropical storm force winds.
Residents should continue to watch media reports for up to the minute information and public safety advisories as well as stay connected with the County's social media platforms.
Mayor Sharief's next news conference is planned for tomorrow, Wednesday, September 6th, 11:15AM at the Emergency Operations Center in Plantation.