Hurricane Irma Breaks Records
Before making landfall in Florida, Hurricane Irma broke records as it impacted the Caribbean. Our hearts go out to the islands as it will take months to full access the damage of the hardest-hit locations. Irma sustained 185-mph winds for 37 hours, the longest any cyclone on the globe has maintained that intensity. Since 1966 (when the satellite era began), Irma spent more time as a Category 5 hurricane than any other storm on record. Our entire state was impacted with damage affecting the Florida Keys and even into Georgia. We are so blessed that our town sustained minimal damage.
Island Water Sport is now open to serve our community during normal business hours. If you are able, now is the time to give back to those affected in our area. Join us as we pray for so many who have been impacted by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey. Help us serve the community.
There are many ways you can get involved and help.
Locally, if you have had your power restored, consider loaning your generator to someone who still is without power. Invite them over for a hot shower or meal, to charge their phone or get some much needed air conditioning. Head out and help a neighbor take down their shutters and clean up after the storm. Thank those who are serving our community like first-responders, electrical workers, newscasters, and grocery and gas station clerks.
Volunteer and Donate Items Locally
With the impact of Hurricane Irma on Florida, the Keys and the Caribbean, so many of us wanted to do something to help here locally. With the help of Surfrider Foundation, the Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce, Christian Skaters International, Performance Nissan, and all of you, we were able to fill up three vans and a chopper down to the hardest hit areas in the Florida Keys on Sunday, September 17th. We will continue to collect donations throughout the month. If you would like to help by coordinating a donation drive in your area, please email Toni@IslandWaterSports.com
Items Needed Include:
Bottles & Formula
First Aid Items
Portable Gas Tanks
Gift Cards (Gas, Publix, Home Depot, etc)
The need for volunteers is great. If you are interested in volunteering, please download the Virtual Badge App on Google Play or iTunes and register, then call Raquel at 561-654-5673 to see where they can plug you in.
Other Ways You Can Help
- Give Blood – Type O Needed. Find a blood drive here.
- The United Way is the official volunteer and donations arm for Miami-Dade County’s Office of Emergency Management. Please go to unitedwaymiami.org for more information.
Register at Volunteer Florida. Partner agencies where you could be stationed include local chapters of national organizations like the American Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity, the Florida Association of Food Banks, etc.
Feeding South Florida is also asking for volunteers. The organization will match volunteers based on their skills, and all volunteers will be participating in food relief efforts.
Airbnb hosts have opened up their homes to hurricane Irma evacuees for free. If you can to offer a free room, be sure to sign up.
The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster is registering volunteers to help in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other areas affected by Hurricane Irma.
Help by being prepared
There are many opportunities to get involved and help build capacity for first responders. With proper training and education, civilian volunteers expand the resources available to states and local communities during emergencies like Hurricane Irma. Many partner organizations offer public education, outreach and training for free.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)
- Get CERT trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
Veterans Active in Citizens Corps
- Find veteran volunteer opportunities through Veterans Active in Citizens Corps.
American Red Cross
- Get trained in CPR and basic first aid and volunteer to help mass care and sheltering operations at your local American Red Cross Chapter.
Medical Reserve Corps
- Get trained and volunteer with Medical Reserve Corps to provide support during a public health emergency.
Neighborhood Watch & Volunteers in Police Service
- Support community safety and security by getting trained and involved in Neighborhood Watch and Volunteers in Police Service.
- Volunteer to support local fire departments through Fire Corps.
Civil Air Patrol
- Civil Air Patrol recruits volunteers through local squadrons that support aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services. This air auxiliary has been supporting missions since the 1940’s.
American Radio Relay League
- American Radio Relay League supports the advancement of Amateur Radio Service and trains individuals interested in learning the skill of operating ham radios.
Meals on Wheels Association of America
- Meals on Wheels Association of America and the MOWAA volunteers provide meals and essential disaster preparedness information to over one million seniors in the U.S. each day.
Hurricane Irma Updates
Island Water Sports is working hard to keep our community informed before and after the storm. Here are some critical updates from our local city and government officials.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has declared Broward County eligible for individual assistance. FEMA Disaster Assistance can help support your recovery from a major disaster. If you have damage or sustained impact that you believe will result in future damage register now either online at disasterassistance.gov or you can call 1-800-621-3362 to register. FEMA is encouraging homeowners to register early.
Apply now at www.disasterassistance.gov
PODS – Broward County and cooperation with several local municipalities will be opening four (4) Water Points of Distribution (PODs) sites at CB Smith Regional Park, Howard C Forman Human Services Campus, Pembroke Pines, McTyre Park, West Park and the Patrick Meli Park, Dania Beach. These sites were selected due to the significant shortage of potable water for the sustainment of the local communities. More
For individuals with disabilities who need assistance post Hurricane Irma with repairs/damage to their home, taking down hurricane shutters, generators for power restoration, temporary living arrangements, wheelchairs, walkers and other medical devices, call 954-722-6400 or contact us on our website Cilbroward.org. (Center for Independent Living of Broward)
Important Numbers to Know
- Broward County Emergency Hotline – 311 or 954-831-4000
- FPL to Report Power Outages and Downed Powerlines – 1-800-468-8243
- Cable Services – If your cable has not been restored after power is restored, call 1-800-COMCAST or go to customer.xfinity.com/help-and-support.
- State of Florida Emergency Information – 1-800-342-3557Price Gouging – Report specific information to the state’s Price Gouging Hotline at 1-866-966-7226 or online at www.myfloridalegal.com. Keep your receipt or take a photograph of the displayed charge to support your complaint.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan Program is now available to Broward County businesses affected by Hurricane Irma. The loan application is available online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/. Call 1-800-659-2955 (TTY/TDD:1-800-877-8339) or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- State of Florida Online Damage Assessment for Businesses – http://flvbeoc.org/
- Residents who sustained losses can begin applying for assistance by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. If you do not have access to the internet, you may register by calling 1-800-621-3362 or 1-800-621-FEMA.
- Insurance Claims – Consumers with questions about their policies and those who need help filing a claim should call the CFO’s free Insurance Consumer Helpline at 1-877-693-5236.
- If someone comes to your door stating they are with FP&L, DO NOT LET THEM INSIDE. FPL never needs to come into your home. If they are on your property, please ask for their identification.
- FPL is aware of power outages affecting entire neighborhoods. You do not need to report these outages. However if your home is an isolated power outage, call 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243).
- You can also follow power outage FPL provides updates to customers frequently through the news media and the following mobile-friendly resources:
Deerfield Beach Updates for Hurricane Irma
Individual FEMA Assistance Now Available
The City of Deerfield Beach will like to notify residents that on September 11th, Broward County was added to the Disaster Declaration list of eligible counties for residents to receive individual FEMA assistance.
FEMA may provide Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) to eligible disaster survivors who are unable to return to their homes for an extended period and need shelter. TSA provides short-term lodging for eligible disaster survivors whose residence is uninhabitable or inaccessible.
To be eligible for TSA, individuals and households must:
- Register with FEMA for assistance.
- Pass identity and citizenship verification.
- Have a pre-disaster primary residence located in a geographic area that is designated for TSA.
- Be displaced from their pre-disaster primary residence as a result of the disaster.
- Be unable to obtain lodging through another source.
For those eligible, FEMA will authorize and fund TSA through direct payments to participating hotels/motels.
Individuals can register at www.disasterassistance.gov or 1-800-621-3362; TTY, 1-800-462-7585 directly.
Closures and Damage Assessment
The City of Deerfield Beach began Rapid Impact Assessment at 4AM, Monday, September 11, 2017, and are currently assessing damage and pushing trees out of public roads in an effort to make room for FPL trucks, machinery and public safety vehicles.
There are hundreds of workers on our streets, we want to urge residents to please be mindful of the stop signs and rules of the road as you drive through the city. Remember that inoperable traffic signals are considered 4-way stops.
All Parks and Recreation Centers are closed until further notice and regular city operations are expected to resume Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 8AM.
DEBRIS REMOVAL AND OTHER SERVICES
We want to remind residents to make sure that all debris, collected after the storm, is moved to the curb area for pickup.
Please be patient with garbage pick-up. Don’t forget you can see all delays and cancellation alerts at www.DFB.City/recyclingandsolidwaste or you can sign up to receive these alerts by visiting the City’s website www.DFB.City, then click “Sign Me Up” and check “Recycling and Solid Waste Alerts.”
For those with issues of flooding, sewage overflow, water breaks or street light outages please contact the City’s 24-hour service phone line 954.480.4370.
If you are still experiencing power outages contact FPL at 1-800-468-8243.
Regular updates continue to be made on the City of Deerfield Beach Facebook page, Twitter and Instagram.
The City is very grateful for the patience, cooperation and compassion seen throughout this very difficult and uncertain time. There is no doubt that #DFB residents are truly the greatest people on earth! Let’s continue this kindness to our neighbors as we work together to make the city operational as soon as possible. Continue to be safe friends!
Deerfield Beach Pier Closed to the Public
The City of Deerfield Beach International Fishing Pier sustained some damage during Hurricane Irma and is therefore closed to the public until further notice. We appreciate the patience and cooperation of the community during this time.