Ft. Lauderdale, Florida has long had the reputation and the reality of being a major center for college kids celebrating college spring break. Students come from all over the East coast and beyond to enjoy the sun, sand, surf and being with one another in a party atmosphere that goes on for days. The result can be a veritable whirlwind of activity that locals endure. Dealing with college kids may be easier than dealing with the onslaught of a major hurricane. That’s why Ft. Lauderdale, Florida authorities have gone to great lengths to provide residents with all the necessary information and assistance to get them through a storm or out of harm’s way.
Government’s Suggested Survival Kit.
On their own site www.ci.ftlauderdale.fl.us , the government authorities of the city of Ft. Lauderdale have sought first and foremost to present residents with a suggested survival kit. Though the survival kit contains some of the basics everyone might think of like food ,water, flashlights, radio and batteries there are many other less often remembered emergency supplies that it would be useful to stock in advance.
Among the suggested items you might forget are a well stocked first aid kit with all necessary family medications, cash as most ATM’s may be down for some time, tools that will be helpful in the case of small property damage, all personal hygiene items, a clean change of clothing, rain gear as the storm may continue after the winds subside, sleeping bag and pillows and special need items for members of your family like the elderly, infants and pets. The city government of Ft. Lauderdale, FL also suggests that you store all valuable records of your property, insurance, or health records in a water tight container.
Shelters and Evacuation.
Recognizing that some storms will be too powerful or deposit too much rain to allow citizens to safely stay in their homes, the government authorities at Ft. Lauderdale, FL have attached a link to their site to forward you to the Broward County information site that lists all of the county evacuation shelters that you can access. The Rock Island Elementary, Arthur Ashe Middle School is the only American Red Cross Shelter actually located in Ft. Lauderdale and it can be found on 1701 N. W. 23rd Ave. But a full dozen Red Cross Shelters exist in the county and the list indicates the location of each. Broward County officials warn that in the case of a hurricane it may be that not all of the 12 designated shelter areas will be open so it is important to stay tuned to local reports that will identify the shelters that are in use during any given storm.
The evacuation map provided by Broward County officials indicate the areas in Ft. Lauderdale that will necessarily be evacuated during Category 1 or 2 storms. Category 3 or higher storms will cause the evacuation of much larger areas that are color coded on the map provided. This also means that it is important for residents to keep their radios on for updated information as a storm approaches. The category numbers may change as the storm comes ashore.
Good pet provisions.
Unlike many coastal areas that seem to leave hurricane care of pets in the hands of the owners without really much assistance at all, Broward County, including FT. Lauderdale, FL . Thanks to the work of the American Red Cross and the Broward County Humane Society a pet friendly storm shelter has been arranged for anyone in the county who is either in an evacuation area or lives in a mobile home. All that is necessary is that people make their arrangements with the shelter in advance so that adequate preparations for incoming animals may be made.
The City Government in Ft. Lauderdale, FL has created a very efficient site that will connect you to plenty of lists of things you can do to prepare for a hurricane. They will tell you what you can do during the hurricane season to prepare even when no storm is yet in view. They also have lists of things to do when a storm watch is announced an when that watch changes into a Hurricane Warning.
Best of all there is an extensive collection of icons to click that will take you to links by national organizations like the National Weather Forecast, FEMA , the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army and the Florida Dept. of Emergency Management. There is plenty of information about every aspect of any approaching storm available on line for residents of Ft. Lauderdale.