DATE: May 5, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Miguel Ascarrunz, Director
Broward Emergency Management Division
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The County is recognizing Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 7-13, 2017, by participating in upcoming community preparedness events. Just as government is preparing, the County urges residents and the public to get prepared and stay informed for this upcoming hurricane season.
"Residents are most vulnerable to the damage and devastation of hurricanes and other tropical disturbances between June 1 and November 30. With so many things to think about when a storm threatens, we urge residents to get prepared and stay informed," said Miguel Ascarrunz, Director, Broward County Emergency Management Division.
It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Tropical cyclones are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena. Hurricane Preparedness Week is your family's time to prepare for a potential land-falling tropical storm or hurricane. Each day of the week is focused on a different preparedness tip:
Sunday, May 7 - Determine your risk
Monday, May 8 - Develop an evacuation plan
Tuesday, May 9 - Assemble disaster supplies
Wednesday, May 10 - Secure an insurance check-up
Thursday, May 11 - Strengthen your home
Friday, May 12 - Check on your neighbor
Saturday, May 13 - Complete your written hurricane plan
On May 10, at 10:30AM, a free webinar on hurricanes will also be offered to children in grades 4 - 6. This webinar is part of the 2017 National Hurricane Center (NHC) Hurricane Preparedness Week and Hurricane Awareness Tour. Register Here
During this free 45-minute webinar, students will hear from NHC scientists as well as personnel who fly into hurricanes. The webinar will cover hurricane hazards, forecasting, observing hurricanes with airplanes, and hurricane preparedness. Classroom questions will be collected in advance of the webinar and questions will be answered during the webinar.
To assist residents with hurricane preparation, Broward County will partner with Florida International University's Hurricane Research Center, Florida Division of Emergency Management, City of Fort Lauderdale, and the Museum of Discovery and Science, to hold Eye of the Storm, a free event featuring interactive demonstrations, presentations by hurricane experts, the Museum's Storm Center and live theater shows for all ages. The event will be held on Saturday, May 20, from 10AM - 5:00PM at the Museum's location, 401 SW 2nd Street, in Fort Lauderdale. All Broward County residents are invited to attend this special community event.
Come out and join your neighbors to be hurricane Ready. Set. Safe. For more information visit our hurricane preparedness website.
About Emergency Management Division
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 @ReadyBroward, like us on Facebook.com/BrowardEMD or call 954-831-3900.