Hurricane Season Begins This Week: Stay Informed And Be Prepared
May 31, 2023
Thursday, June 1st marks the start of the 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season. A hurricane can cause major headaches for you and your family - power outages, long lines at gasoline stations and supermarkets, limited medical supplies, not being able to stay informed, etc. The best way to minimize these and many other problems is to be prepared.
Don't wait until a hurricane threatens our region to think about what you need to safeguard you and your family. Families should be finalizing plans now to determine essentials such as how much water your family needs, where you will go if you need to evacuate before a storm hits and how you will stay in contact with loved ones.
Some important points to consider when preparing your hurricane plan and gathering supplies:
• Self Sufficiency: Plan on being self-sufficient for at least seven days after a hurricane hits your area. Emergency crews and government agencies will likely be tending to the hardest hit areas, so you should not rely on their assistance immediately following a storm. Organize your hurricane kit at: https://www.ready.gov/kit
• Evacuations: Do you live in an evacuation zone? If so, do you know where you will go if an evacuation order is issued for your area? Only go as far as you need to get to a safe location. Leaving the county and driving long distances is not advisable. A storm may change direction at any time, and debris scattered by a storm may make returning extremely difficult.
• Don't Plan on Evacuating? Help Us Notify Your Loved Ones If You Don't Survive: If you live in an evacuation zone but do not plan on heading to a safe location following an evacuation order, the City of Hollywood respectfully requests to help first responders identify you and notify a loved one if you do not survive the storm that you submit a Next of Kin Information Form by visiting: https://www.hollywoodfl.org/FormCenter/Emergency-Management-Next-of-Kin-Informa-28/Next-of-Kin-Information-Form-308
• Shelters: Going to a hurricane evacuation shelter should be considered a last resort. They can get full and do not have the comforts of a friend's or relative's home.
• Evacuation routes and zone map visit: https://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/EvacuationRoutes.aspx
• Evacuation shelter information visit: https://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Documents/PI201867423EmergencyMapA.pdf
• Emergency Contacts: Establish reliable emergency contacts inside and outside our region to ensure that your loved ones know the status of you and your family.
• Special Medical Needs: Have a relative with special medical needs? Be sure to make appropriate arrangements for them. You also can register them for accommodation at a Special Medical Needs Shelter, visit: https://www.broward.org/AtRisk/pages/specialneeds.aspx To request or obtain an application for a Special Needs Shelter and/or Paratransit evacuation transportation, including applications in alternative formats, call Broward County Emergency Management at: (954) 831-3902 Or TTY at: (954) 831-3940.
Need prescription medication following a hurricane/emergency? Learn what pharmacies are open in your area during an emergency by visiting: http://www.rxopen.org/
• Pets: Don't forget your pets! Make sure you have enough food and water for them and you keep them indoors with you during a storm. If you have to evacuate and would like to inquire about placing your pet in a pet-friendly shelter, please call the Humane Society of Broward County at: (954) 989-3977.
Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline
Have a question about government services before, during and after a hurricane? Call the Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline at: (954) 831-4000. Or by dialing: 311.
Florida Power & Light (FPL) Storm Readiness Information
Power outages are common during a hurricane. FPL offers a comprehensive storm plan that focuses on readiness, restoration and recovery to respond safely and quickly to electrical infrastructure damaged by a tropical storm or hurricane. To learn more about FPL's storm readiness and what you can do to be prepared, visit: www.fpl.com/storm
Frequently Asked Questions
Download a list of storm related questions and answers, the City has compiled to assist you before, during and after a storm at:
Important Phone Numbers
Hollywood Police Department Non-Emergency: (954) 764-4357
Hollywood Department of Public Utilities: (954) 967-4455
Hollywood Storm Water Issues: (954) 921-3046
Broward American Red Cross: (954) 797-3800
Broward County Emergency Management Hurricane Hotline: (954) 831-4000 Or at: 311
Broward County Special Needs Registry: (954) 831-3902 Or TTY at: (954) 831-3940
Humane Society of Broward County Pet Hotline: (954) 989-3977
FEMA Hotline: (800) 621-3362
State Attorney General's Office Price Gouging Hotline: (866) 966-7226
Florida Division of Insurance Consumer Hotline: (800) 342-2762
AT&T / Bellsouth, Repairs: (877) 737-2478
Florida Power & Light: (800) 468-8243
Sign Up for "Alert Hollywood" Emergency Notifications
Alert Hollywood is the City of Hollywood’s emergency notification system. Used by many government agencies throughout Florida, Alert Hollywood notifies residents through phone calls, e-mails and/or text messages to mobile phones of an emergency in the community such as a hurricane watch or warning, flash flood warning, tornado warning, serious police situations and other critical incidents.
To register, visit: www.hollywoodfl.org/725/Alert-Hollywood and click on the Alert Hollywood logo to get to the registration page. Register by clicking on the "Sign Up" link located just below the login fields. After you submit your information, you will receive Alert Hollywood notifications whenever an alert is issued. Alerts may be received by phone and/or email address. Severe weather alerts issued by the National Weather Service are automatically issued through the Alert Hollywood system if you elect to receive those notifications.
The Alert Hollywood service is FREE to the public. Text message fees by your wireless carrier may apply depending on your mobile phone plan.
Stay informed at: http://www.hollywoodfl.org/725/Alert-Hollywood
For more information, including storm surge and evacuation zones, shelter information and more, please visit the City’s website at: www.HollywoodFL.org/Hurricane
Hollywood Mayor Josh Levy has a message regarding the incident that took place on Memorial Day on Hollywood Beach. Please visit: www.hollywoodfl.org to read the Mayor’s message.