City News & Events

Posted on: September 9, 2017

Hurricane Irma has Arrived HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #22

Powerful Hurricane Irma has Arrived

- County under a curfew until otherwise noticed -

DATE: September 9, 2017
CONTACT: Margaret Stapleton
RUMOR CONTROL: 311 or 954-831-4000
EMAIL: publicinfo@broward.org
WEB: Broward.org/Hurricane

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER
201 NW 84th Avenue
Plantation, 33324

HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #22

 

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - Major Hurricane Irma is bringing with it high winds, rain and isolated tornadoes.

Residents are advised to: 

  • Keep pets inside.
  • Stay indoors until the storm has passed. The strongest part of a house is usually away from the windows and exterior doors.
  • If a tornado is sighted, immediate action may mean the difference between life and death. Seek shelter in an interior hallway or lower level of a building and stay away from glass doors and windows.
  • Leave your home's main breaker on unless electricity goes off. If electricity goes off, turn off air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers and television sets.
  • Do not use candles. Use flashlights for lighting when electricity goes off.

As soon the storm has passed, emergency responders will immediately begin to take action to protect residents. Rapid Impact Response Teams will survey damage on a grid-by-grid basis throughout the County, and coordinate resources for recovery.

Power outages with extensive damage from high winds and some flooding is anticipated. Florida Power & Light (FPL) has approximately 6,500 workers ready to start restoration efforts once the storm has passed. Additional crew members from other state's power companies are also ready to mobilize should their assistance be needed. Currently there are over 27,000 Broward County customers without power according to FPL.

During and after the storm, residents should: 

  • Proceed with caution as bands of strong winds will continue for 36 hours.
  • Stay off the roadways to allow emergency responders access.
  • Limit use of landline and cell phones to essential calls. Jammed phone lines may obstruct emergency calls for police, fire rescue, and emergency medical calls.
  • Do not walk or allow children to play in standing water.
  • Treat all power lines as live. Immediately report sparking, arcing or downed power lines to 911.
  • Help first responders quickly identify areas of devastation, even before damage assessment teams are able to canvass the County, by participating in the Home Damage Assessment Program.
  • It is not necessary to report power outages. Florida Power & Light knows where the outages are and will move quickly to begin restoration.
  • Monitor the media for important information on curfews, boil water orders and disaster recovery resources.

Well-prepared residents will have sufficient supplies to sustain themselves and their family for 3-5 days, so that recovery efforts can focus on those who are unable to help themselves.

County government efforts will be focused on restoring services as quickly as possible. Emergency officials have pre-designated various sites throughout the County to serve as points of distribution for recovery information, supplies and assistance in the aftermath of a storm. State government may have also pre-staged resources to assist in a relief effort.

Points of distribution will be announced after assessment teams have determined which sites are usable and the type of assistance that is needed.

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