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Make a Plan
HAVE A FAMILY PLAN

Create your personal Emergency Preparedness Plan. (Click Here)

Make a Disaster Survival Kit
To assist you in making an emergency and communication plan here is a step-by-step list. You can also click on the hyperlink above to create a personlized plan using the Florida Division of Emergency Management's Get a Plan! system. START NOW - well in advance of a hurricane.
  • STEP 1 Hold a family meeting and create a communication plan

    Discuss the hazards of hurricanes with the entire family. Encourage children to talk about their fears and explain some of the things you'll be doing to keep everyone safe should a storm threaten our area.

    Make a plan to secure your home (and who will do it) and to assist any family members who may need assistance putting up shutters, removing pation furniture and other items that may become projectiles, etc.

    Make an Emergency Communication Plan, so that all family members know where to go and who to contact should you become separated. It is best to select one out-of-state and one local contact for family members to call if separated by disaster (it is often easier to call out-of-state than within the affected area).

  • STEP 2 Discuss shelter options
    Determine where you will go if a storm threatens our area. If you choose to stay home, gather enough supplies to ensure for yur household's food, water and medical needs. If you are planning to travel out of town, do so well in advance of the storm.

    If you are planning to seek shelter in a General Population Shelter, remember that pubic shelters provide for only basic needs, therefore you will need to bring adequate supplies, (including personal hygiene items, bedding, snacks, clothing, medicines, baby supplies), for you family. A shelter should be your choice of last resort.

    Click here for information on General Population Shelters operated by the American Red Cross in Broward County. Note that all shelters are not open for every storm. Contacts 311 or monitor local television news to find out your nearest shelter should a storm threaten our area.

    The nearest designated General Population Shelter is:

        Falcon Cove Middle School, 4251 Bonaventure Boulevard,

  • STEP 3 Ensure your assests are protected
    Inventory your home posssessions and videotape or photograph items of value, including cars, boats, and recreational vehicles.

    Review your insurance policies to ensure you have adequate coverage.

    Keep important records, such as passports and birth certificates, as well as insurance policies, vehicles titles, photo/video inventory of your home, etc. in a water-proof and fire-proof container.

  • STEP 4 Assess your home for vulnerable areas
    Do a walk-thought of your home and property to evaluate your roof, windows, garage door, landscaping, etc. and determine what actions can be taken now to help secure your home prior to a storm threatening our area, as well as what might need to be done to secure vulnerable areas should a hurricane watch go into effect.

    Click here for information on emergency building repairs in Weston.

  • STEP 5 Make a plan to protect your vehicles
    Decide where you will store or park your vehicle, boat or recreational vehicles. Take photos or video of your vehicles. Check your vehicle insurance policies and keep the policies and photo/video in the same safe place (water-proof and fireproof container) as your homeowner's policy and other important records.

  • STEP 6 Secure your home
    Decide what actions you will need to take to protect your home and your property (shutters, generator, trim trees), and to keep as comfortable as possible during recovery.

    Basic home preparation tips include:
    • DO NOT TRIM TREES during a Hurricane Watch or Warning, as the trimmings may not be picked up and they can easily becme dangerous projectiles in your neighborhood.
    • Secure all outside objects. Bring loose objects such as pation furniture, garden tools and planters, inside.
    • Protect your windows. Permanent shutters are the best protection.
    • Turn refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting. Purchase or make additinal ice.
    • Fill bathtubs and any large containers with water for washing, cleaning and flushing toilets, since electric power may go out of service.

  • STEP 7 Determine whether anyone in your home has special needs.
    Discuss whether anyone in your home is elderly or has special needs medical needs and, if so, make arrangements in advance to accommodate those needs.

    See Vulnerable Population and Special Needs Registry

  • STEP 8 Make a plan for your pet
    Determine how you will address your pet's needs and make a plan for your pet in case you have to evacuate. Be sure to plan for large animals such as horses.

    See Pets, Pools and Schools

  • STEP 9 Gather your supplies
    Determine your family's food, water and medical needs and assemble your family's Disaster Survival Kit according to those needs.

  • STEP 10 Notify others of your plan
    Let family or friends know what your hurricane plan is so they can check on you in the aftermath of the storm.

    Inform your out of state contact (See Step 1) that they will be the family point of contact for your household in case of separation and be sure to make contact with them prior to a storm impacting our area.