STATE OF EMERGENCY
On April 13th, Mayor Josh Levy declared a local state of emergency due to the flooding rains, this aligns with Broward County and the Governor's emergency declarations.
HOME DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
As assessments of flood damage continue City-wide. You can do your part to assist teams by providing the latest information on the status of your property. By participating in the County's Home Damage Assessment Program, you are helping to quickly identifying areas of devastation in the County.
Simply log on and select one of the photos that best represents the condition of your home for damage level. You can also call 3-1-1 to phone in a damage assessment report.
You will be asked to provide your street address, city and zip code, and the number of the picture that best represents the level of damage.
With this tool, resident reports can provide a critical indication of where major damage has occurred. Please know, these reports do not constitute a request for individual assistance and do not replace the normal grid-by-grid assessments performed by assessment teams.
BUSINESS DAMAGE ASSESSMENT
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has activated a Business Damage Assessment Survey to measure the physical and economic impacts of Wednesday’s flood event impacting local businesses. Survey responses will assist the state in accelerating recovery efforts by providing data on the needs of affected businesses. Hollywood business owners are encouraged to participated in this survey. The sooner this information is gathered, the sooner the state will be able to assess what assistance will be available. Visit www.FloridaDisaster.biz and click on the “Business Damage Assessment Survey Broward County Flooding” to complete the online form.
If you need additional assistance, please call (850) 815-4925 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or email ESF18@EM.MyFlorida.com.
RESIDENT FLOOD DAMAGE REPORTING
In an effort to better understand changing flood patterns, Broward County is gathering photos to document the frequency and extent of flooding from either heavy rainfall or high tides throughout the County. Residents can report flooding and upload photos at Flooding.Broward.org. Residents can also view county-wide flood reports.
RED CROSS EMERGENCY SHELTER
For those impacted by flooding, the American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter. Workers are prepared to provide warm meals, a safe place to sleep and emotional support for those with immediate, disaster-caused needs. The Red Cross shelter is located at: Holiday Park 1150 G. Martin Drive in Ft. Lauderdale. Please contact the American Red Cross before you go to the shelter to determine availability by calling 561-907-6668 or visiting www.redcross.org/southflorida.
The mission of the Long Term Recovery Coalition of Broward County is to achieve efficient, effective long-term disaster recovery by coordinating and collaboration among its members in order to address the unmet needs of the community. The LTRC also prioritizes communication to its membership throughout the year in an effort to ensure that the entire disaster continuum is part of a coordinated effort in Broward.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief Command Center's "Donation Reception Center" is accepting donations to aid flood victims. The Reception Center is located at 100 SW 9th Avenue in Fort Lauderdale and will be open on Monday, April 17th, Wednesday, April 19th and Friday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Recommended donations include: non-perishable food items, bottled water, new or gently used clothing, and household cleaning supplies.
The Broward Flood Relief Cooperative will be accepting donations from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, April 14th - Friday, April 21st at the Offices of Sen. Jason Pizzo & Rep. Hillary Cassel, 3475 Sheridan Street, Suite 203 & 211 in Hollywood, as well as at Equity Florida, 2302 NE 7th Avenue in Wilton Manors.
On Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. donations will also be accepted at the Office of Sen. Shevrin Jones, 606 NW 183 Street, Miami Gardens.
Items needed are: heavy-duty trash bags, buckets, bleach, household cleaners, mops, sponges, washcloths, gloves, tarps, bottled water, mattresses, pillows, toiletries, hygienic items.
Click here to donate or request assistance.
DRAIN TO PREVENT MOSQUITOES
After heavy rains, pesky mosquitoes can find even more opportunity to breed. Help fight the bite by following some simple tips to reduce mosquito breeding:
- Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots, or any other containers where rainwater has collected.
- Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances, and other items that aren’t being used. Have them out to your curb or alley by 7:00 a.m. on Monday morning for collection.
- Empty and clean birdbaths and your pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.
- Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.
- Maintain the chemistry in your swimming pool to ensure water balance. Empty plastic pools when not in use.
- Repair broken screens on windows, doors, porches, and patios.
- Cover your skin when you have to be outside when mosquitoes are active.
- Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, para-methane-diol, and IR3535 are effective.
The Broward County Mosquito Control Division sprays areas with reported concentrations of mosquitoes, frequently checks known mosquito breeding sites, treats standing water and sprays in areas requested by residents. To request mosquito spraying in your neighborhood, please use the online Mosquito Spray Request Form or call Broward County at 954.765.4062.