Hurricane Preparedness for Deerfield Beach

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It’s that time of the year again – get ready for Hurricane Season, Deerfield Beach! Hurricane Season begins June 1 and runs till November 30.


What Is a Hurricane?



A hurricane is a tropical cyclone with winds that have reached a continuous speed of 74 mph or more. Hurricane winds blow in a large spiral around the center of the mature cyclone known as the "eye." A hurricane can cause heavy rains, high winds, and storm surges which can lead to flooding.

Hurricane Categories:


Category 1: Winds range from 74-95 mph
Category 2: Winds range from 96-110 mph
Category 3: Winds range from 111-129 mph
Category 4: Winds range from 130-156 mph
Category 5: Winds are more than 157 mph

How Can You Be Prepared?



 Get your family and home prepared this season before severe weather strikes:

  1. Make sure you have cash and gas: Gas stations and ATMs may not be open or have power during a storm.
  2. Stock up on food and supplies: Grocery stores may be closed, make sure you have supplies for at least 3-5 days.
  3. Bring the outdoors in: Any outdoor furniture, trash cans, and signs can blow away damaging homes and injuring people.
  4. Cover windows with hurricane shutters, storm panels or boards: Protect your windows from flying debris.
  5. Listen to local forecasts and NOAA radio: Stay up-to-date about potentially life-threatening emergencies, weather observations and forecasts.

Basic Supplies & Necessities:



Some essential items include: battery-operated lanterns, waterproof flashlights, emergency weather radio, portable digital TV, extra batteries and walkie-talkies.

Click here to download a Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide.

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Generator-Ready Businesses



Some Broward County businesses are generator-equipped and may be open for business after a storm, natural disaster or other emergency resulting in a prolonged power outage. The businesses listed below include grocery stores, home improvement stores and more. This is not a guarantee that the businesses will be open.

Business Name: Home Depot
Business Type: Home Improvement
Address: 60 SW 12th Ave, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442
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Business Name: Publix
Business Type: Grocery
Address: 3740 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442
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Business Name: Publix
Business Type: Grocery
Address: 1337 S Military Trail, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442
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Business Name: Publix
Business Type: Grocery
Address: 150 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441
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Business Name: SuperTarget
Business Type: Retail
Address: 3599 W Hillsboro Blvd, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33442
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Business Name: Target
Business Type: Retail
Address: 1200 S Federal Hwy, Deerfield Beach, FL, 33441
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Click here to view a list of businesses in Broward County that are generator-equipped.

Public Shelter Information



Staying with family and friends outside the Evacuation Zone is your best choice before heading to a public shelter.

The American Red Cross will provide a place to stay in a General Population Shelter if you do not have a safe place to take shelter, no preregistration is required. Carry some of these supplies with you if you plan to evacuate to a shelter:

  • Bedding such as pillows, blankets and cots
  • Personal hygiene items
If you have a medical condition that requires basic medical assistance and monitoring, but does not require hospitalization, a Special Medical Needs Shelter may be fitting for you. Visit: broward.org/atrisk.

If your medical condition requires hospitalization or one-on-one care, you may consider a hospital or other medical facility.

Click here to download an emergency shelter map.

Important Registrations



Shelter Registration:


American Red Cross General Population Shelters are open to everyone and provide basic care. Registration isn’t required, but preregistration is encouraged. Please contact Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385.

Transportation Registration:


You can preregister for paratransit transportation by calling the Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385.

Vulnerable Population Registry:


Residents who are disabled or have health issues are encouraged to preregister. Although this Registry is not a guarantee of services, it allows emergency workers to better respond in a recovery effort. Please visit broward.org/registry, or call 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000.

Pet-friendly Shelter Registration:


This shelter is for those with pets in evacuation zones. It is operated by The Humane Society of Broward Country and the American Red Cross. Preregistration is required. Please call 954-989-3977, and press 6, or visit humanebroward.com

Evacuation Actions



Plan an evacuation route if you live in a vulnerable area. Make sure to contact the Emergency Hotline at 954-831-4000 to help determine your vulnerability. Consider staying with family and friends outside the Evacuation Zone.

Broward County Hurricane Updates



Stay up-to-date with the most current public safety information before, during and after a storm or emergency by:

Following the twitter handle: Twitter@ReadyBroward
Liking the page: Facebook.com/BrowardEMD
Subscribing to Broward Emergency Email Updates: broward.org/hurricane

I Am a Victim of a Storm… Now What?



If you have damage to your home:

  • Check that it’s safe to go outdoors after the storm
  • Survey the damage to your home
  • Compare your home to these 4 Home Damage Assessment photos
  • Select the level that best represents the current state of your home
  • You can report your damage by phone, web site or mobile app:
  • By phone: Call the Hurricane Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000
  • By web site: Click http://gis.broward.org/ReportHomeDamage/
  • By mobile app: You only need to select the photo that best represents the level of damage to your home since the cell phone's location is automatically geo-coded to a map.
Contact your insurance company: Act promptly when filing claims for damages that affect your property from a storm. Make sure you have your policy number available and make a list of the damages by documenting them with photos.

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