County Update on Hurricane Irma
CONTACT: Margaret Stapleton 954-831-3890RUMOR CONTROL: 311 or 954-831-4000EMAIL:
firstname.lastname@example.orgWEB: Broward.org/HurricaneEMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER201 NW 84th AvenuePlantation, 33324
HURRICANE ADVISORY #30
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - County Mayor Barbara Sharief is urging residents to stay off the roadways unless they need to get out and about for essential services only. The Mayor provided an update on Hurricane Irma recovery effort this afternoon at a news conference at the Emergency Operations Center.
Currently, 45 percent of traffic signals are operational. Treat improperly functioning traffic lights as four way stops and be mindful of the right of way.
More than 353,000 homes and businesses have regained power and FPL crews are working around-the-clock to restore service to the remaining 441,000 that are affected. For FPL outage and restoration information call 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243). Residents can also call this number to report downed power lines.
Comcast reminds residents that even though power may be restored to homes, the power may not be restored to the cable equipment serving the same neighborhood. If your cable has not been restored after power is restored, call 800-COMCAST or go to xfinity.com/support. Comcast has opened more than 137,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout the state to anyone who needs them, including non-Xfinity customers, for free.
Many retail businesses have already reopened, such as grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations.Resident Assistance:The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added Broward County to the list of counties eligible for individual assistance. That means homeowners with damage that is documented can apply for funding from FEMA. Information on eligibility criteria and the types of assistance available can be found at disaster assistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-3362. Residents without internet access can use the computers at our libraries to register for FEMA Individual Assistance.
Hands on Broward is actively seeking volunteers to aid in the recovery efforts. Individuals who would like to serve as volunteer can contact Hands on Broward or visit their volunteer reception center at 5815 North Andrews Avenue from 10AM to 5PM.County Services Update:
Broward County Schools are closed until Monday, September 18th.
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is open. All passengers should continue to contact their carriers for updated schedules.
Fuel trucks are actively filling and leaving Port Everglades to refuel gas stations.
Courts are closed on Wednesday.Broward County Transit, including TOPS and Express Bus, resumed service at 7AM yesterday until 7PM, and will resume Wednesday morning at 7AM.
Most County parks were closed yesterday; however some have reopened. VisitBroward.org/Parks for more information. For information about a city facility or park, contact the city.
.Several Libraries reopened yesterday. For a list, visit Broward.org/Library
The Broward County Animal Shelter will reopen Wednesday for admissions only. Pet adoptions will resume later in the week.
Residents should follow their municipality's instructions for debris pickup. All residents may also drop off debris (vegetation, construction and demolition debris and bulk items such as large appliances and furniture) at the Broward County Landfill, located at the corner of Sheridan Street and US 27. This facility is open 8AM to 6PM for the remainder of the week and the weekend.
Residents and businesses are urged to stay connected for updates. The County's Emergency Hotline is open 24/7- call 311 or 954-831-4000. Visit us online, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.