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.
The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sale Tax Holiday runs Friday, May 29, 2020 and through Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this sale tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparation are exempt from sales tax. See the list of qualifying items here.
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.
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.