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Hurricane Preparedness Week May 5-11, 2019

Post Date:May 06, 2019 6:13 PM

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Hurricane Preparedness Week 2019

It only takes one storm to change your life and community. Hurricanes are among nature’s most powerful and destructive phenomena. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, you need to be prepared. The City of Fort Lauderdale is participating in Hurricane Preparedness Week, recognized May 5-11, 2019, to share important information to help keep citizens safe.

Safety messages will be shared daily on this web page and on the City's social media pages. Make sure to check back each day now through May 11 to see how you can protect your family, pets, and property.

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Daily Hurricane Preparedness Week Messages

May 5, 2019 - Determine Your Risk

Watch the National Weather Service's short video on Hurricane Hazards Risk

Hurricane Preparedness Week May 5 Determine Your Risk











The threats from hurricanes to you and your family can vary widely depending on where you live. It’s not just those along the coast that can experience significant, life-threatening impacts. Evaluate what you need to do to protect your home and family NOW, before the first storm of the season even forms.

Monday, May 6, 2019 - Develop an Evacuation Plan

Watch the National Weather Service's short video on developing an evacuation plan.

Hurricane Preparedness Week May 6 Develop an Evacuation Plan











Take some time this week - Hurricane Preparedness Week - to make sure you have a hurricane evacuation plan. The first thing you need to do is find out if you live in a storm surge hurricane evacuation zone or if you’re in a home that would be unsafe during a hurricane. If you are, figure out where you’d go and how you’d get there if told to evacuate. You do not need to travel hundreds of miles. Identify someone, perhaps a friend or relative who doesn’t live in an evacuation zone or unsafe home, and coordinate with them to use their home as your evacuation destination. Be sure to account for your pets, as most local shelters do not permit them. Put the plan in writing for you and those you care about. 

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Assemble Disaster Supplies

Hurricane Preparedness Week May 7 Assemble Disaster Supplies











Just having enough supplies to make it through a hurricane isn’t enough. You need plenty to make it through what could be a LONG recovery period too. Water and electricity could be out for a week or more. Have enough non-perishable food, water, and medicine to last each person in your family for a MINIMUM of one week. Also make sure you have extra cash, a battery-powered radio, flashlights, and a portable crank or solar powered USB charger to charge your cell phone.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - Get an Insurance Checkup

Hurricane Preparedness Week May 8 Get an Insurance Checkup

This Hurricane Preparedness Week, call your insurance company or agent and ask for an insurance checkup to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home, and remember, standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding. Whether you’re a homeowner or renter, you’ll need a separate policy for flooding. Act now as flood insurance requires a 30-day waiting period. Take some time to learn more about flood insurance and update your policy now to ensure you have the coverage you need.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - Strengthen Your Home

Hurricane Preparedness Week May 9 Strengthen Your Home Image

If you plan to ride out a hurricane in your home, make sure it is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications. Have the proper plywood, steel or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors. Remember, the garage door is the most vulnerable part of the home, so it must be able to withstand high winds.

Friday, May 10, 2019 - Help Your Neighbor

Hurricane Preparedness Week May 10 Help Your Neighbor

Many Americans rely on their neighbors after a disaster, but there are also many ways you can help your neighbors before a hurricane approaches. Learn about all the different actions your community can take to prepare and recover from the hazards associated with hurricanes and get the Community Preparedness Toolkit at

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - Complete A Written Plan

Hurricane Preparedness Week May 11 Complete a Written Plan

The time to prepare for a hurricane is NOW, before the season begins. Once you’re under pressure, having a written plan will take the guesswork out of what you need to do to protect you and your family.

Know where you will ride out the storm and get your supplies now. You don’t want to be standing in long lines when a Hurricane Watch is issued. Those supplies that you need will probably be sold out by the time you reach the front of the line.

Being prepared now will mean the difference between your being a hurricane victim and a hurricane survivor. Get step-by-step information on how to make a plan at

Hurricane Hazards

Image of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's definition of Extreme Wind Warning

Extreme Winds

Winds from a hurricane can destroy buildings and manufactured homes. Signs, roofing material, and other items left outside can become flying missiles during hurricanes.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration image defining difference between storm surge warning and storm surge watch

Storm Surge

Storm surge is the abnormal rise of water generated by a storm's winds. This hazard is historically the leading cause of hurricane-related deaths in the United States. Storm surge and large battering waves can result in a large loss of life and cause massive destruction along the coast.

Illustration of inland flooding by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Inland Flooding

Flooding from heavy rains is the second leading cause of fatalities from landfalling tropical cyclones. Widespread torrential rains associated with these storms often cause flooding hundreds of miles inland. This flooding can persist for several days after a storm has dissipated.

Picture of a tornado with tornadoes defintions


Tornadoes can accompany landfalling tropical cyclones. These tornadoes typically occur in rain bands well away from the center of the storm.

National Hurricane Center: Free Hurricane Webinar May 9, 2019 for kids in grades 4-6

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is hosting a free webinar on hurricanes for 4, 5, and 6-grade students on Thursday, May 9, 2019, at 10 a.m. EDT. This webinar is part of the 2019 Hurricane Preparedness Week and the NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour.

During the webinar, kids will hear from NHC forecasters, as well as National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) personnel who fly into hurricanes. Topics for the webinar include hurricane hazards, forecasting, observing hurricanes with airplanes, and hurricane preparedness.
The webinar will be broadcast live from the Charlotte, NC stop of the Hurricane Awareness Tour. Make sure to register in advance. 

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