According to NOAA, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, “A warning means that hurricane conditions are expected whereas a watch means that conditions are possible.”
A watch is issued when hurricane conditions are a possibility within 48 hours. A warning is issued when a hurricane is expected in an area within 36 hours.
Before the Storm
- Know the flood warning procedures of Hallandale Beach and Broward County
- Know the locations of local shelters and specifically shelters for pets and special need-populations
- Have emergency cash on hand
- Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your household/family.
- Upon the advice of the Broward Sheriff's Office or Fire Department, turn off all circuit breakers at the fuse panel and disconnect electrical appliances and all other electrical equipment. if instructed to do so, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves and shut off the gas valves.
- Move all outside furniture, plants, toys, etc. inside to a secure location to prevent them from becoming dangerous flying objects that will cause damage.
- Take photos and/or videos of important possessions
- If you must evacuate, secure your home. Move essential items to a higher level or upper floor
- Ask an out-of-state friend or relative to be the "family contact" in case your family is separated during a flood. Make sure everyone in your family/household knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person.
- Make sure you have emergency supplies (water, battery operated radio, medicines, pet supplies, flashlights, batteries, first aid kit, food, blankets, etc.) for each family member to last at least 3-7 days.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water in case water breaks happen.
- Pay your bills before the storm, as the internet may be down and/or the post office may not be able to pick up and deliver mail after the storm.
- Charge cell phones, and have a car or solar cell phone charger handy
- Fill-up all vehicles with gasoline or charge electric vehicles prior to a pending storm.
During the Storm
- Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet
- If you do not have to evacuate STAY INSIDE and keep your children inside
After the Storm
- Call your flood insurance company and file a claim if your property was flooded. If you are unable to stay in your home, make sure to tell them where and how you can be reached.
- Do not walk through flowing water. Use a pole or a stick to ensure that the ground is still there if you have to walk through a flooded area.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current travels through water. Report downed power lines by calling 911.
- Flooding can cause familiar places to change. Flood debris may hide animals, red ants, snakes, broken glass, and toxic water as well as being very slippery.
- Always be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don't smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.
- Use flashlights for lighting when the power goes out. Do not use candles or any other type of open flame. The Fire Department may be unable to respond during a hurricane.
- Clean everything that got wet. Floodwaters have picked up sewage, farm and landscaping chemicals, toxins from factories or roads, etc. Spoiled food, flooded cosmetics, and medicine can be health hazards. When in doubt, throw it out.
- Drain and cover anything that could hold standing water for mosquitoes to breed in.
- Carbon monoxide exhaust kills. Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machines outdoors. The same goes for camping stoves. Charcoal fumes are especially deadly so cook with charcoal outdoors.
- Take good care of yourself. Recovering from a flood, tropical storm, or hurricane is a big job. It is tough on both the body and the spirit and the effects of a disaster have on you and your family may last a long time. Keep alert for signs of anxiety, stress, and fatigue in you and your family.