- Right now, Hurricane Irma is the strongest hurricane in all recorded history. All of us are working hard to get ready for what could be a catastrophic storm. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Windward and Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, Cuba and the Keys.
Hurricane Irma Approaches Florida
As the storm gets closer we have some much-needed tips to get you ready. We will be posting updates on our Instagram. Follow @islandwatersports
Island Water Sports is closed until further notice.
For city by city updates head to Sun-Setinel at this link.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –
Posted on: September 9, 2017
Flooding is a Major Concern as Hurricane Irma Approaches
DATE: September 8, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Margaret Stapleton
Office of Public Communications
RUMOR CONTROL: 311 or 954-831-4000
HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #19
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – As powerful Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, flooding is a significant concern to Broward County. Along with strong winds and some storm surge, the hurricane will bring 10 to 20 inches of rain to our area. This heavy amount of rain is likely to cause widespread flooding. Along with a Hurricane Warning, Tornado Watch and Storm Surge warning, the County is also under a Flash Flood Watch.
Residents affected by flooding who communicate on Twitter, Telegram Messenger, and Facebook Messenger using keywords about flooding or Hurricane Irma will be contacted by Risk Map US Chatbot. The Chatbot sends users a one-time link to add location, flood depth, a photo and description that will help responders assess damage in real time during the storm event and help prioritize response efforts after the storm. The service is a partnership between the Broward Planning Division and MIT.
Residents can also assist by participating in the Home Damage Assessment Program. Broward’s website features photos of four homes that have experienced varying levels of flooding and devastation. As soon as it is safe to go outside, compare the way your home looks to the four photos. Report to Broward County officials your address, and the number of the photo that mostly closely resembles the levels of damage you have experienced.
To report your damage you can also call the Broward County Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000.
Emergency Management officials encourage residents to print the four photos ahead of time and store them with their hurricane kit for easy access after the storm, or bookmark the website link in their smart phone. Reporting through a smart phone automatically associates your location with the level of damage you are reporting. You will not be required to enter your address.
For more information on how to prepare for Hurricane Irma and additional resources, visit our website and follow @ReadyBroward on Twitter for the latest updates.
September 9, 2017
Curfew for Deerfield Beach and Hillsboro Beach Residents
DEERFIELD BEACH, FL – Beginning Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12 PM, a barrier island curfew will be in effect for the City of Deerfield Beach and the Town of Hillsboro Beach. A Citywide curfew will be announced later this afternoon. The curfew will remain in effect until modified or cancelled.
Bridges leading onto the barrier island have been locked down and barrier island residents will only be allowed into their homes with proof of residency and photo identification.
The following roadways and pedestrian access will be shut down:
– South A1A at the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge
– The west side of the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge will be closed along with all eastbound lanes
– N.E. 7th Street at A1A
– N.E. 19th Avenue at 7th Street
This curfew is to ensure the safety of all residents, as well as the property and businesses of Deerfield Beach and Hillsboro Beach from looters and individuals taking advantage of Hurricane Irma.
The Broward County Sheriff’s Office and the Hillsboro Beach Police department will have zero tolerance for looting and violation of the instituted curfew will result in arrest.
How Can You Be Prepared Before and After the Storm
1. Check your city and county website for important hurricane updates.
Bookmark these sites as they will be critical in staying up-to-date as the storm approaches.
You can also:
- Follow: Twitter@ReadyBroward
- Like the page: Facebook.com/BrowardEMD
- Subscribe to Broward Emergency Email Updates: broward.org/hurricane
Update: If you lose internet during the storm, Comcast is opening it’s hotspots free to non-customers.
For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, visit Xfinity.com/wifi.
Once in range of a hotspot, select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
2. Know your local evacuation zones.
View Printer Friendly Version. If you are east of the intracostal in Deerfield Beach, you will be part of Zone A evacuations. Those east of Federal Highway/US 1 will be part of Zone B evacuations.
UPDATE September 6, 2017 12:12pm: The City of Deerfield Beach is encouraging residents who live in low-lying areas, mobile home parks or east of Federal Highway, including the barrier island to voluntarily evacuate and find shelter with friends or family. Broward County will declare a State of Emergency tomorrow at noon and plan to put into effect a mandatory evacuation order. For Deerfield Beach residents, the closest shelter is Monarch High School located at 5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek. If you choose to take refuge at one of the public shelters you must bring your own food and items that will keep you comfortable as you ride out the storm. Those residents who evacuate must remember they will need I.D./proof of residency upon returning to their home. After the storm law enforcement will not let residents back into their homes without that documentation. Stay safe Deerfield Beach!
Know where your local shelters are.
3. If you need to go to a shelter…
Staying with family and friends outside the Evacuation Zone is always your best choice before heading to a public shelter. However, the American Red Cross will provide a place to stay in a General Population Shelter if you do not have a safe place to go. Registration isn’t required, but pre-registration is encouraged. Please contact Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385.
If you plan to evacuate to a shelter, bring the following with you:
- Bedding such as pillows, blankets and cots
- Personal hygiene items
If you have a medical condition that requires basic medical assistance and monitoring, but does not require hospitalization, visit: broward.org/atrisk. If your medical condition requires hospitalization or one-on-one care, you may consider a hospital or other medical facility. Residents who are disabled or have health issues are encouraged to register at broward.org/registry, or call 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000. Although this Registry is not a guarantee of services, it allows emergency workers to better respond in a recovery effort.
If you are looking for a pet-friendly shelter, there is a shelter operated by The Humane Society of Broward Country and the American Red Cross. Pre-registration is required. Please call 954-989-3977, and press 6, or visit humanebroward.com
4. Victim of a Storm… Now What?
The City of Deerfield Beach have some great after the storm tips.
If you have damage to your home:
- Check that it’s safe to go outdoors after the storm
- Survey the damage to your home
- Compare your home to these 4 Home Damage Assessment photos
- Select the level that best represents the current state of your home
- You can report your damage by phone, website or mobile app:
- Phone: Call the Hurricane Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000
- Web site: Click http://gis.broward.org/ReportHomeDamage/
- Mobile app: You only need to select the photo that best represents the level of damage to your home since the cell phone’s location is automatically geo-coded to a map.
Contact your insurance company:
Act promptly when filing claims for damages that affect your property from a storm. Make sure you have your policy number available and make a list of the damages by documenting them with photos.
5. Know where to go…Generator-Ready Businesses in Broward
Some Broward County businesses are generator-equipped and may be open for business after a storm, natural disaster or other emergency resulting in a prolonged power outage. The businesses listed below include grocery stores, home improvement stores and more. This is not a guarantee that the businesses will be open.
Business Name: Home Depot
Business Type: Home Improvement
Address: 60 SW 12th Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442
Business Name: Publix
Business Type: Grocery
Address: 3740 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442
Business Name: Publix
Business Type: Grocery
Address: 1337 S Military Trail, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442
Business Name: Publix
Business Type: Grocery
Address: 150 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441
Business Name: SuperTarget
Business Type: Retail
Address: 3599 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442
Business Name: Target
Business Type: Retail
Address: 1200 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441
6. Did you think of this?
Some essential items include: battery-operated lanterns, waterproof flashlights, emergency weather radio, portable digital TV, extra batteries and walkie-talkies. If you are unable to get some of these, consider downloading an app like Zello. During Hurricane Harvey a number of people signed up for this app that can transform a regular cell phone into a walkie-talkie. It is free and available on both the App Store for iPhones and Google Play for Androids. It works over cellular data or Wi-Fi and allows users to send photos, video and offers walkie-talkie chatting with audio.
If you no longer have internet or electric, an old fashioned radio may be the only answer.
You can find tv simulcasts on the radio stations below:
WLRN – Ch. 2 – Public Broadcasting
- WLRN 91.3 (FM)
WFOR – Ch. 4 – CBS Network
- WKIS, KISS 99.9 FM
- WPOW, POWER 96 FM
- WQAM, 560 AM
WTVJ – Ch. 6 – NBC Network
- WIOD 610 (AM)
WSVN – Ch. 7 – Fox Network
Hot 105 FM
99 Jamz FM
Easy 93.1 FM
Hits 97.3 FM
WPLG – Ch. 10 – ABC Network
101.5 LITE FM
102.7 The Beach FM
790 The Ticket AM
96.7 & 101.7 Pirate Radio Key West
- Amor 107.5 (FM)
- WRTO Mix 98.3 (FM)
- Radio Mambi 710 (AM)
- WQBA 1140 (AM)
- WZTU – 94.9 (FM)
7. Stay safe.
We have seen some truly massive wave forecasts. Although hurricane waves and massive swells can be very tempting, be smart and stay safe. With heavy heart we already are mourning in the global surf community as the storm has already claimed the life of Bajan Pro Zander Venezia in Barbados. Please continue to pray for Zander’s family and friends.
Our Deerfield Beach surf community is so important to us. So we ask you to be wise during the next few days. Never head out alone and always use sound judgement. We want all of you to live to surf another day.
8. Turn off your sprinkler systems.
With lots of rain expected, turning off those sprinklers will help with drainage for all of us.
9. Fill your tank.
Yes, the lines are long. But be patient and keep your tank full. Gas stations may not be open or have power during and after a storm. Fill up extra tanks for those generators. And, please be kind to those around you. We are all in this together.
10. Grab some cash now.
If we lose electric and we are fortunate to find an open store, expect to pay cash. No electricity and internet connection will make paying with a card very difficult. ATM machines also need electricity to operate.
11. Fill those prescriptions up.
If you have mandatory prescriptions, have enough to last you at least two weeks.
12. Do not forget your furry friend!
Grab enough pet food to last at least a few weeks. Also, do not forget to have enough water for them as well.
13. No water?
If you can not find water, fill some empty containers or zip locks and throw them in the freezer. They will keep your food cold if the electric goes out and be good to drink once they thaw. Live in Delray? You can also head to our friends at Salt Water Brewery who are filling reusable water bottle that you bring in. (Limit 10 gallons per person)
14. If you can pick it up, so can the storm.
Anything outdoors can blow away and become a projectile. Things like bricks, potted plants, outdoor furniture, trash cans, grills, and even coconuts in trees can cause extra damage to homes.
15. NEVER run a generator inside!
No matter how tempting it may be, do not run your generator inside. A generator has an internal combustion engine and uses gas and oil. The exhaust from running a generator contains lethal carbon monoxide. A generator must only be used in a well-ventilated area.
Finally…above all thing, be kind to each other.
Stress is high for all of us. Remember to be kind.
- There is no need to fight over gas, water, or supplies.
- Once you hang your shutters, check on your neighbors.
- If you have an elderly or disabled neighbor, consider picking up extra supplies for them or pitching in to help clear up the outside of their home. Ask for their telephone number and check on them during the storm.
- If you have a friend in an evacuation area, open up your home.
- After the storm, invite a neighbor over for a bbq. Send an extension cord over the fence if you have a generator. Get each other’s backs.
And, keep a sense of humor….
The best remedy for stress is a little humor. Check out these memes already being posted.