Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th every year. Prior to the beginning of hurricane season, it may be helpful to visit or in order to prepare for a potential hurricane in South Florida. 

I know that navigating this process can often times be very frustrating. However, please know that I stand ready to give a lending hand wherever I can.

In an effort to assist your efforts, I have placed below a hurricane preparedness checklist, as well as important telephone numbers to help you and your family members in order to plan and prepare adequately. This list will be updated annually prior to the beginning of hurricane season.

In addition, my office stands ready to answer any questions that you might have, and can be reached in either Tamarac at (954) 733-2800 or Washington, D.C. at (202) 225-1313. 


Due to the ongoing pandemic, hurricane preparation may look different this year. Listed below are a couple of things to keep in mind when planning for the 2020 Hurricane Season.

You may need to give yourself more time to prepare your emergency supplies of food, water and medicine. When purchasing these necessities, home delivery is the safest option but if you must go shopping, ensure you wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Whenever possible, sign up for mail order delivery of medications or call prescriptions in ahead of time and use drive through windows or curbside pick-up to limit contact with others.

Pay attention to local guidance about updated plans for evacuations and shelters, including shelters for your pets. If you must evacuate, remember to pack hand sanitizer and at least 2 cloth face covering per person. As a reminder, do not use face covering on children under the age of 2, on people having trouble breathing, or on people who cannot remove the mask without assistance.

For more information please visit the CDC's webpage for Preparing for Hurricanes During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Hurricane Preparedness Checklist

3-day supply of food (canned and dried goods are best)
Stockpiled water
Clean containers to store additional drinking water: 1 gallon per person per day
Unscented household bleach to purify water (8 drops per gallon of water)
Disposable eating utensils and plates
Hand Sanitizer
Soap and plastic container for storage
Hygiene and personal care items
Manual can opener
Fire extinguisher
First-aid kit, including bandages, gauze, scissors, petroleum jelly, antiseptic spray, hydrogen peroxide, antacids, aspirin, thermometer, rubbing alcohol
Hand tools: hammer, nails, ax, knife, pliers, handsaw, screwdrivers
At least one flashlight per person with spare batteries
Electric drill with screwdriver bits to install bolts for window protection
Spare batteries for other needs
Mosquito repellent
Large trash bags
Rope or heavy cord, 100 feet
Matches (wooden ones are best)
Whistle or air horn
Gas grill or Sterno stove with extra fuel (Do not take gas grills indoors)
Tarpaulin, canvas or anything to make a temporary roof repairs
Battery-operated radio, with weather band
Before the Storm
Fill up your car’s gas tank
Refill prescriptions and needed medicines
Make sure you have cash or travelers checks on hand
Update Emergency contact phone numbers
Secure valuables in a waterproof  portable container
Secure copies of important documents

**For police, fire or medical assistance during an emergency, please call 911.**

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
Registration: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
FEMA’s Mobile Website: 
The Florida State Assistance Information 24-hour hotline (SAIL)
Volunteer Florida (donations and volunteers)
American Red Cross
1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636)
1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)
Florida Power and Light
1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243, to report an outage)
Florida Department of Financial Services Hurricane Helpline
1-800-22-STORM (1-800-227-8676)
Attorney General Ashley Moody's Price Gouging Hotline
1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226)
Agricultural and Consumer Services Price Gouging Hotline
1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352)
FEMA’s Smartphone Application 
Florida Storms
Florida Public Radio Emergency Network
Florida 511
Florida traffic conditions and incident information
Google Crisis Map
American Red Cross
Broward County Emergency Management Division
(954) 831-3900
Broward County Human Services (for residents at risk)
(954) 831-3902
Pre-registration is required
Broward County Hurricane Hotline
(954) 831-4000
Broward County Red Cross
 (954) 797-3800
Broward County Vulnerable Population Registry
311 or (954) 831-4000
Available to frail, disabled, or individuals in bad health
Humane Society of Broward County's Pet Hurricane Hotline
(954) 266-6871
Available to those individuals with pets that live in an evacuation area or a mobile home anywhere in Broward County
Palm Beach Emergency Management Office
(561) 712-6400
Palm Beach County Red Cross
(561) 833-7711
Palm Beach Special Needs Shelter

(561) 712-6400
Pre-registration is required for individuals with special needs

Palm Tran Connection
(561) 649-9838, option 7
Available to residents in an evacuation zone, mobile/manufactured home, physically handicapped, or have no other means of transportation
Pre-registration is required and recommended as soon as possible

American Red Cross Mass Care Hurricane Shelters

NOTE: The following shelters are for last resort emergencies ONLY.
Please call your local emergency management office to confirm which shelters will be open):

Broward County Emergency Shelters 

Coconut Creek

Lyons Creek Middle School

4333 Sol Press Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Coconut Creek

Monarch High School

5050 Wiles Rd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Coconut Creek Tradewinds Elementary School 5400 Johnson Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Coral Springs

Coral Glades High School

2700 Sportsplex Dr.
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Coral Springs Parkside Elementary School 10257 NW 29th St.
Coral Springs, FL 33065


Fox Trail Elementary School

1250 Nob Hill Rd.
Davie, FL 33324

Fort Lauderdale

Rock Island Elementary /
Arthur Ashe Middle School

1701 N.W. 23rd Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Hallandale Hallandale Elementary School /
Gulfstream Academy
1000 SW 8th St.
Hallandale, FL 33009

Hollywood Orange Brook Elementary School 715 S. 46th Avenue
Hollywood, FL 33021

Hollywood Beachside Montessori Village Elementary School 2230 Lincoln St.
Hollywood, FL 33020

Lauderdale Lakes Park Lakes Elementary School 3925 N. State Road 7
Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319

Margate  Liberty Elementary School 2450 Banks Road
Margate, FL 33063

Miramar  Everglades High School 17100 SW 48 Court
Miramar, FL 33027

Miramar  Silver Lakes Elementary School 2300 SW 173rd Avenue
Miramar, FL 33027

Miramar  Dolphin Bay Elementary School 16450 Miramar Parkway
Miramar, FL 33027

Miramar  Coconut Palm Elementary School 13601 Monarch Lakes Blvd.
Miramar, FL 33027

Miramar  Coral Cove Elementary School 5100 SW 148th Avenue
Miramar, FL 33027

Miramar  Silver Shores Elementary School 1701 SW 160 Avenue
Miramar, FL 33027

Miramar  Sunset Lakes Elementary School 18400 SW 25th St.
Miramar, FL 33029

Miramar  New Renaissance Middle School 10701 Miramar Blvd.
Miramar, FL 33025

Parkland Park Trails Elementary School 10700 Trails End Road
Parkland, FL 33076

Pembroke Park

Watkins Elementary School

3520 S.W. 52nd Ave.
Pembroke Park, FL 33023

Pembroke Pines West Broward High School

500 NW 209 Ave.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

Pembroke Pines Pines Middle School 200 NW Douglas Road
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Pembroke Pines Panther Run Elementary School

801 NW 172nd Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

Pembroke Pines Lakeside Elementary School

900 NW 136th Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Pembroke Pines

Silver Palms Elementary School

1209 NW 155th Avenue
Pembroke Pines, FL 33028


Plantation Elementary School

651 N.W. 42nd Ave.
Plantation, FL 33317

Pompano Beach

Pompano Beach High School

600 N.E. 13 Ave.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060


Falcon Cove Middle School

4251 Bonaventure Blvd.
Weston, FL 33332

Weston  Gator Run Elementary School  1101 Glades Parkway
Weston, FL 33327

Weston  Everglades Elementary School  2900 Bonaventure Blvd.
Weston, FL 33331

Weston  Manatee Bay Elementary School 19200 Manatee Isles Dr.
Weston, FL 33332

For information regarding a Pet-Friendly Shelter, contact the Humane Society at 954-989-3977. Pre-registration is required.

 Palm Beach County Emergency Shelters
Belle Glade Lake Shore Middle School 425 West Canal Street
Belle Glade, FL 33430

Boca Raton Boca Raton High School 1501 NW 15th Court
Boca Raton, FL 33486

Boca Raton West Boca Raton High School 12811 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33428

Boynton Beach Park Vista High School 7900 Jog Road
Boynton Beach, FL 33427

Boynton Beach Boynton Beach High School 4975 Park Ridge Boulevard
Boynton Beach, FL 33436

Delray Beach Atlantic Community High School 2455 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33445

Greenacres John I. Leonard High School 4701 10th Avenue North
Greenacres, FL 33463

Jupiter Independence Middle School 4001 Greenway Drive
Jupiter, FL 33458

Loxahatchee Seminole Ridge High School 4601 Seminole Pratt Whitney Road
Loxahatchee, FL 33470

Pahokee  Pahokee Middle School 850 Larrimore Road
Pahokee, FL 33476

Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach Gardens High School 4245 Holly Drive
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 34410

Riviera Beach Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School 1501 Avenue U
Riviera Beach, FL 33404

Wellington Palm Beach Central High School 8499 Forest Hill Boulevard
Wellington, FL 33413

West Palm Beach West Gate Elementary School 1545 Loxahatchee Drive
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

West Palm Beach Forest Hill High School 6901 Parker Avenue
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

For information regarding the Pet-Friendly Shelter in Lake Worth, call (561) 233-1200, Ext. 0. Pre-registration is required.

Lake Worth West Boynton Recreation Center Gymnasium 6000 Northtree Boulevard
Lake Worth, FL 33463
 Shelter Kit Checklist
Two cloth face coverings per person
Non-perishable snacks
Special-diet foods (e.g., snacks and juices for those with dietary restrictions or allergies)
Three-day supply of water per person (i.e., three-gallons per person)
Prescription medicines and emergency medications
Eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures
Personal hygiene items and toiletries (hand sanitizer, washcloth/towelettes, towel, soap, toothbrush/toothpaste, sanitary napkins, tampons, paper towels, toilet paper)
Bedding materials (pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, cots, air mattresses, etc.) in the event cots are not available
Collapsible/folding beach chair or camp chair
Extra clothing (at least two changes)
Baby supplies: ample amounts of baby food, formula, bottles, juice, diapers and wipes, and a stroller, portable crib or play pen, blankets, clothing
Quiet games, books, playing cards, favorite toys, or other items for entertainment
Driver’s license and/or other identification
Cash or traveler’s checks
Cell phone and mobile device with charger (battery operated charger)
Battery-operated radio, headphones
Extra batteries
Photocopies of valuable documents
Important documents such as birth or marriage certificates, Social Security cards, passports, immunization records, checkbook and bank account files, wills, vehicle titles, insurance policies, stocks, bonds, deeds, computer backup drives, etc.
Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled
Chargers/cables for any electronic devices you bring with you – functional electric outlets are limited in shelters

Prepared by the Office of Congressman Alcee L. Hastings


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