New and Improved Home Damage Assessment Program is Released
  
- All residents are encouraged to go online now to bookmark this tool for easy reporting following disasters -
  
DATE: July 17, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Miguel Ascarrunz, Interim Director
Broward Emergency Management
PHONE: 954-831-3900
EMAIL: mascarrunz@broward.org

BROWARD COUNTY, FL  - Emergency officials are always warning residents not to be complacent just because it’s expected to be a slow hurricane season. But you never know when disaster will strike. Tornados can form quickly from thunderstorms, causing major damage in their wake. Heavy rains can cause severe flooding in some areas. That’s why the County wants all residents to go online today – using a desktop or mobile device – and familiarize themselves with its new and improved Home Damage Assessment Program. 

The tool is designed to help first responders know where the hardest hit areas of the County are and who needs the most help. If disaster strikes, residents are urged to wait until after the emergency passes, and once it’s safe to go outside, perform an assessment of their home, then report damaged property to the County using this improved tool.

It’s easy to use. Residents just compare the damage to their home to sample photos on the Home Damage Assessment web page, validate their submission, then hit submit. If using a mobile device, nothing more needs to be done. The tool is geocoded and as long as your location services on your mobile device are turned on, your location will be properly recorded. Residents accessing the site using a desktop computer will have to input their address.
Home damage can also be reported by calling the County’s Call Center at 311 or 954-831-4000. Residents must be able to indicate the damage level to their home, however, which is why they’re encouraged to familiarize themselves with the program now. Filing a report does not constitute a request for individual assistance, nor does it replace the normal grid-by-grid damage assessments performed by the County.

The tool can be found at
http://gis.broward.org/ReportHomeDamage. Once again, residents are encouraged to access it now, and bookmark it for future use.

Residents are also encouraged to follow Broward County on
 Twitter.com/ReadyBroward and on Facebook/BrowardEMD.

About Emergency Management

The Broward County Emergency Management Division develops and implements comprehensive emergency planning response, mitigation and recovery activities in order to save lives and protect property in emergencies. Technical assistance is available to develop and maintain emergency plans for all types of hazards. Free training and presentations are available to the public on request. For more information, visit Broward.org/Emergency, follow us on Twitter.com/ReadyBroward, like us on Facebook.com/EMD or call 954-831-3900.

 
 
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