DATE: September 8, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Margaret StapletonOffice of Public CommunicationsRUMOR CONTROL: 311 or 954-831-4000EMAIL: email@example.com
HURRICANE IRMA ADVISORY #19
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - As powerful Hurricane Irma approaches South Florida, flooding is a significant concern to Broward County. Along with strong winds and some storm surge, the hurricane will bring 10 to 20 inches of rain to our area. This heavy amount of rain is likely to cause widespread flooding. Along with a Hurricane Warning, Tornado Watch and Storm Surge warning, the County is also under a Flash Flood Watch.
Residents affected by flooding who communicate on Twitter, Telegram Messenger, and Facebook Messenger using keywords about flooding or Hurricane Irma will be contacted by Risk Map US Chatbot. The Chatbot sends users a one-time link to add location, flood depth, a photo and description that will help responders assess damage in real time during the storm event and help prioritize response efforts after the storm. The service is a partnership between the Broward Planning Division and MIT.
Residents can also assist by participating in the Home Damage Assessment Program. Broward's website features photos of four homes that have experienced varying levels of flooding and devastation. As soon as it is safe to go outside, compare the way your home looks to the four photos. Report to Broward County officials your address, and the number of the photo that mostly closely resembles the levels of damage you have experienced.To report your damage you can also call the Broward County Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000.Emergency Management officials encourage residents to print the four photos ahead of time and store them with their hurricane kit for easy access after the storm, or bookmark the website link in their smart phone. Reporting through a smart phone automatically associates your location with the level of damage you are reporting. You will not be required to enter your address.For more information on how to prepare for Hurricane Irma and additional resources, visit our website and follow @ReadyBroward on Twitter for the latest updates.