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Hurricane Preparedness Week Starts Sunday
  
- Don't wait until the last minute -
  

BROWARD COUNTY, FL -  Hurricane Preparedness Week, May 5-11, 2019, is a great time to remind everyone that it's never too soon to start preparing for a hurricane. 

South Floridians are most vulnerable to the damage and devastation of hurricanes and other tropical disturbances between June 1st and November 30th. With so many things to think about when a storm threatens, it's critical to start getting your plan ready now. Broward County agencies and community response partners who play a role during activations of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Plantation will participate in an emergency simulation exercise. The local exercise is part of a statewide exercise during Hurricane Preparedness Week.

And you can do your part. As many of us experienced in September 2017 during Hurricane Irma, it only takes one storm to change your life and our community. Tropical cyclones are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena and Hurricane Preparedness Week reminds you of the things you can be doing right now.  Each day of the week is focused on a different preparedness tip:

Sunday, May 5th - Determine your risk
Monday, May 6th - Develop an evacuation plan
Tuesday, May 7th - Assemble disaster supplies
Wednesday, May 8th - Get an insurance checkup
Thursday, May 9th - Strengthen your home
Friday, May 10th - Help your neighbor
Saturday, May 11th - Complete a written plan

You'll find much more on these and other important topics in our Hurricane A-Z guide.

In addition, to help get residents ready, Broward County will conduct the 5th Annual Hurricane Preparedness Open House on Saturday, June 1st, from 10AM to 2PM at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. All Broward County residents are invited to attend this special community event. There will be giveaways, raffles, fun activities for children, and free snacks while supplies last.

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.

DATE: May 1, 2019
MEDIA CONTACT: Lori Vunkannon, Assistant Director
Emergency Management Division
PHONE: 954-831-3933
EMAIL: lvunkannon@broward.org