Based on your location and community plans, make your own plans for evacuation or sheltering in place. Let a friend or family member that is located outside of the disaster area know what your evacuation plan is.
Become familiar with your evacuation zone, the evacuation route, and shelter locations. In Broward County everyone east of the Intracoastal Waterway will be mandatory evacuations and more than likely everyone east of US 1 will be required to evacuate. Do NOT take evacuation orders lightly, if you are told to evacuate, it is the best interest of your family to comply.
Keep important documents in a safe place or create password-protected digital copies.
Protect your property. De-clutter drains and gutters. Install check valves in plumbing to prevent backups.
Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g. patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g. grills, propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
Review insurance policies. Do you have flood insurance? For more information about the National Flood Insurance Program click here.
Broward County Evacuation Map Broward County Evacuation Shelters: The shelters listed below for Broward County may not all open during a state of emergency. They are opened as needed. Do not go to a shelter until you have verified the shelter is open and has available space. If possible, staying with family or friends outside an evacuation zone is your first and best option. Monitor the Broward County website, local television stations or call the Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000 for actual shelter openings. Please note which shelters are pet-friendly. Do not bring pets to shelters not listed as pet-friendly. Emergency shelters are a service of the Broward County Commission and the Broward County School Board. Click here for the most up to date Broward County General Population and Pet-Friendly Evacuation Shelters
General Population Shelters - what to expect
Provisions at the shelter will be very limited. Cots and bottled water are not provided. While a shelter is intended to help keep you safe during a storm or other emergency, it isn’t a hotel. Bring these essential items along to make your stay as comfortable as possible:
Bedding such as pillows, blankets, air mattress
Extra change of clothing
Sanitary wipes or other hygiene products
Medications, if any
Driver’s license, other identification
Cell phone and mobile device with charger
Personal items such as extra eyeglasses, hearing aid, etc.
Baby supplies: ample amounts of baby food, formula, juice, diapers and wipes, and a stroller, portable crib or play pen
If you are a resident of Broward County and need assistance, please call 211 and be sure to mention that you were affected by Hurricane Irma.