Lessons learned from major disasters
Have a copy of all student school records PRIOR to hurricane season.
To accomplish this, go to the Broward County Schools web site at browardschools.com/virtualcounselor. Here you can register as a parent to view and print your child's school records from kindergarten through high school. Keep one copy in a secure location and another copy with you if you evacuate. For private schools, contact the school for record copies.
If you evacuate your home or business, take all essential records and paperwork. Records including insurance and medical policies, bookkeeping, inventory, etc. should be taken with you. In the event of a catastrophic event, you may not be allowed back into your home or business for some time.
Have a 3 month supply of all necessary medications on hand. Call your insurance company or pharmacy - as many have provisions to allow for the purchase of a 3-month supply if you live in a hurricane prone area.
Homes with generators still need to prepare. Stock all supplies. If the power is out, stores will be closed. Also, generators run for only as long as you have a fuel supply. Be prepared for no access to or delivery of that fuel.
Electric ity is not guaranteed. Underground utility lines do not guarantee power will not fail. Do not become overly confident that electricity within areas of the City of Weston will remain operational. Underground utility lines are supplied power from an above ground sub-station. If the sub-station fails, areas supplied by the station will not have power.
Do not leave pets unattended. Ensure pets are wearing I.D. Have food, medication and sanitary supplies. Fish tank pumps should be equipped with an adaptor for battery power.
If you are not staying home, pets should be taken, in advance, to a veterinarian kennel or a host home. Pets are not allowed in the County's General Population Shelters.
Broward County operates one Pet-Friendly Shelter at Millenium Middle School in Tamarac.
- Call the Humane Society of Broward County to register: 954-989-3977.
- Owners must shelter with their pets and care for them.
Note that only service animals are permitted in General Population Shelters, so long as the pet meets the requirements under Federal law. If you plan to go to a shelter, pre-register for the pet-friendly shelter.
Tips to Protect Your Pool
- Keep water in the pool. You can lower the level, but no more than 2 feet.
- Add extra chlorine to prevent contamination.
- Do not put pool furniture into the pool - it will damage the pool.
- Turn off the power to the pool equipment.
- Remove the pool pump and store indoors OR wrap the motor in a plastic material and secure with
tape or rope.
Broward County Public School information can be found on local news outlets when the area is under a storm watch or warning.
- Visit BrowardSchools.com for news and information.
- Call Broward County Schools Rumor Hotline at 754-321-0321 (24-hour recorded information)
Think about giving gifts now that save lives. A gift can be for a special occasion or given as a random act of kindness. Give a gift that could save lives; FEMA recommends showing how much you care by giving emergency preparedness items as gifts, including:
- Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Appropriate fire extinguishers.
- Foldable ladders for second-story escape routes.
- Disaster kits for home and vehicle.
- NOAA Weather radios and extra batteries.
- Enrollment in a CPR or first aid class.