Emergency Management

Hurricane Seaon

Monitor Tropical Storm and Hurricane activity from National Weather Service website.

Residents are reminded this is the most active period of hurricane season, and it is important to have emergency plans in place and supplies ready as weather forecasts can change quickly.

NOTE: The COVID-19 test collection sites at Brian Piccolo, Central Broward Regional, Markham, Tradewinds, and Vista View parks will suspend operations at 3 PM Friday, and remain closed through Monday, August 24th. They will reopen on Tuesday, August 25th. The C.B. Smith Park Collection Site will remain open during this time.

For the latest updates, visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov. Visit the Broward County Hurricane Center for information on shelters and assistance for residents at-risk. For hurricane preparation tips, refer to the Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Guide. Residents with questions can call the Oakland Park Call Center at 954-630-4335 or the Broward County Emergency Call Center at 954-831-4000.


Updated Forecast Predicts Extremely Active Hurricane Season: Meteorologists at Colorado State University (CSU) have revised their outlook and are now calling for an extremely active 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season. In their latest update, the weather experts forecast 24 named storms, 12 hurricanes, and five major hurricanes this year due in large part to warmer than normal sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic and below average wind shear. In addition, forecasters at NOAA have updated their outlook and are now calling for more storms. The NOAA mid-season outlook calls for 19-25 named storms, 7-11 hurricanes, and three to six major hurricanes. While South Florida was spared the brunt of Tropical Storm Isaias and Hurricane Laura, the recent storms served as an important reminder to stay alert and remain vigilant. As we enter the most active portion of the season, please pay close attention to weather developments in our area. Make sure you have an emergency plan in place and a hurricane supply kit ready so you are well-prepared should another storm impact our area. View the updated CSU outlook here.

Residents are encouraged to sign-up to receive emergency notifications (phone, text and email) through the City's CodeRED notification system. Storm-related updates and resources can also be found on the City'sFacebook page and Twitter feed. Updates are also posted to Oakland Park's NextDoor page.

Residents will special needs can contact Broward County at 954-831-3902 or the Oakland Park's Help Line at 954-630-4335 to request assistance.

Visit the Broward County Hurricane site and refer to the Broward County Emergency Preparedness Guide.

Residents and businesses are reminded that it's never too soon to start preparing for a hurricane. As many of us experienced, it only takes one storm to change your life and our community. Tropical cyclones are among nature's most powerful and destructive phenomena and everyone needs to be prepared.

For more information about what you can do to prepare for Hurricane Season, visit the Broward County Hurricane Center and Ready South Florida. You can also receive the latest updates from Broward County Emergency Management on Twitter and Facebook.

Home Damage Assessment

In the immediate aftermath of a hurricane, residents can help first responders quickly identify areas of devastation, even before damage assessment teams are able to more effectively canvass the County, by participating in Broward's Home Damage Assessment Program.

The website for the Home Damage Assessment Program shows varying levels of flooding and devastation. As soon as it is safe to go outside, report home damage to Broward County officials via the Broward County Emergency Hotline at 311 in Broward or 954-831-4000. You can also report using your smart phone.

CodeRED

Oakland Park uses CodeRED to quickly deliver emergency messages. This system gives individuals and businesses the ability to add all of their phone numbers directly into the database and select how they receive emergency notifications (phone, text or emails). All businesses should register, as well as any individuals who have unlisted phone numbers, who have changed their phone number or address within the past year, and those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number. CodeRED allows geographically based delivery, which means street addresses are required to ensure emergency notification calls are received by the proper individuals in a given situation. Sign up for Oakland Park’s CodeRED alerts here.
  
We also recommend signing up for Alert!Broward emergency notifications.
 
LOCAL MEDIA RESOURCES

  • Sun-Sentinel.com - Hurricane Information
  • CBS 4 - Weather
  • NBC 6 - Weather
  • WSVN 7 - Weather
  • WPLG - Local 10 - Weather
  • Clima - Noticias Univision 23
  • Broward County’s Official Emergency Radio Station WIOD 610 AM