Preparing for Hurricane Irma

“Irma is a serious Category 5 storm that does pose a threat to South Florida,” Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief said at a news conference Tuesday. “Broward County may be experiencing tropical storm force winds as early as Friday evening and local conditions are expected to worsen throughout the weekend.”

Here are a few things to remember:


  • Have a family communications plan. Decide how you will get in contact with each other, where you will go andPreparing for a hurricane what to do.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if forced to evacuate.



  • Make plans to secure your property: Check your storm shutters or have the necessary materials to board your windows.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed.Securing property for hurricanes
  • Clear loose and clogged rain gutters.
  • Determine how and where to secure all outdoor furniture and decorations. Bring them in or tie them down. Turn off propane tank from grill.
  • Consider purchasing a generator for emergencies. Make sure you have gas to run it in the event of a hurricane.
  • Set your refrigerator settings to the highest.



  • Decide which room in your house is the safest: an interior room, a closet or bathroom on the lower level is Best room in the house for hurricane safetyalways best. Remind your family to stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Remember to keep all interior doors, curtains and blinds closed during a hurricane.
  • Keep all important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records in a waterproof, portable container.
  • Make sure to have some cash or traveler’s checks.



  • Build a Hurricane Emergency Kit: Water and food for at least 3 days, battery-powered or hand crank radio, What to have in an emergency kitflashlight, extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, duct tape, garbage bags, pliers, manual can opener, local maps (remember, no internet), cell phones with chargers (Avoid using your phone, except for an emergency). If applicable, prescription medications and glasses, formula and diapers, pet food and extra water for your pet.


Stay informed. Visit the National Hurricane Center

Important terms you may want to be familiar with:


TROPICAL STORM WATCH: Tropical storm conditions are possible in the area.

HURRICANE WATCH: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher) are possible in the area. A Hurricane Watch is issued 48 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds in an area.

TROPICAL STORM WARNING: Tropical storm conditions are expected in the area.

HURRICANE WARNING: Hurricane conditions (sustained winds of 74 mph or higher)  are expected in the area. Hurricane warnings are issued 36 hours in advance of the anticipated onset of tropical storm force winds in an area.

STORM SURGE:  An abnormal rising of the sea as a result of atmospheric pressure changes and wind associated with a storm.

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