The 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season began June 1st and researchers are predicting this season could be another above average season with more storms and more severe storms.MAKE A PLANNow is the time to sit down with your family to make a plan. Review your property insurance policies and determine what essentials (such as water, medicines, etc.) you will need in your hurricane supply kit. Decide where you will go if you need to evacuate, and how you will stay in contact with loved ones before, during and after the storm.STAY CONNECTEDBefore, during and after a storm important information will be posted on the City’s website at www.hollywoodfl.org, shared via CodeRED Alerts, through NotifyMe “News and Announcements” email and text messages and on the City’s social media sites, Facebook and Twitter. Receive the latest emergency updates and information by signing up today. Bookmark, follow, like and subscribe to be in the know!Website: www.hollywoodfl.orgEmergency Website: www.hollywoodfl.org/emergencyTwitter: @cohgovFacebook: @CityOfHollywoodFLYouTube: hollywoodflch78LinkedIn: City of HollywoodCodeRED: https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/FA01FBCAEECAPREPARE YOUR PROPERTYSpring is the perfect time to trim trees and landscaping and remove unwanted debris. Look up before you begin pruning and avoid trimming near power lines. Hollywood residents may drop-off materials, free of charge, at any of the three Residential Trash Transfer Stations in Broward County. Drop-Off Centers are open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In the event of an emergency, these locations may offer extended hours to accommodate additional debris. Be sure to call 954.765.4999 for the latest Drop-Off Center information and hours of operation. • South Drop-Off Center – 5601 W. Hallandale Beach Boulevard, West Park, FL• Central Drop-Off Center – 5490 Reese Road, Davie, FL• North Drop-Off Center – 2780 N. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach, FLCOLLECTION SCHEDULEWhen winds greater than 35 mph are forecast to occur in the City of Hollywood within the next two days, residents should plan for sanitation services to be suspended. For example: if the City learns on a Wednesday that winds are forecast to be greater than 35 mph on Friday, notice will be given on Wednesday that sanitation services will be suspended on Friday. Services will remain suspended until winds fall below the 35 mph threshold. This is for the safety and security of collection crews operating high-profile collection vehicles. Residents should not place items out for collection until notice is given that service has resumed. Failure to comply with these rules may result in a code violation and possible fines.AFTER A STORMAfter a storm passes and as soon as it is safe, recovery efforts will begin. City of Hollywood contractors are focused on clearing primary corridors and access to critical infrastructure and facilities, then secondary roadways, neighborhood streets and then alleyways. Garbage (solid waste) collections will resume first and will likely be on a modified schedule. This will be followed by the return of recycling services and commingled collections as conditions allow. Finally, as recovery progresses, the City will return to the normal collection schedule. Your patience is needed during all phases of the recovery effort. You can help speed the process by following these guidelines in the event of an emergency:• All Garbage (Solid Waste) services will take place curbside at the front of a property.• All alleyways must be kept clear to allow for power crews who will be working to restore power. Debris placed in alleyways may interfere or delay power restoration. • No alley collections will take place until every alley in the City has been inspected for damage, cleared of debris and downed power lines, and deemed safe for collection vehicles. • All hurricane debris must be placed curbside. Debris must be placed away from trees, vehicles, power lines, utility poles, mailboxes or other items that would otherwise restrict collection.• Tree and vegetative debris must be separated from regular garbage, household debris, bulky items and hard junk.• Property owners who don't want to wait for City debris contractors to clear downed swale trees, should work with their insurance company and contact a licensed tree removal company. The City's debris contractors will not remove trees on private property or swale trees that have damaged private property including homes and cars.• Residents in gated communities who receive solid waste services should contact their Homeowners Association or Property Management Company for specific instructions for their community.Learn more about how you can prepare for this hurricane season at www.hollywoodfl.org/emergency.