Hurricane and other emergency preparedness information
South Florida emergency management agencies collaborate to spread regional disaster preparedness message
A major disaster threatens South Florida, forcing you to utilize important emergency supplies, safeguard your home and business, determine how to best care for your loved ones with special needs and pets, and evacuate to a safe area.
Local government officials want to know – are you ready? Learn more about preparing for a disaster here
Become a Skywarn Spotter
Attend free training offered by the National Weather Service to learn how to report significant weather conditions. Training is Saturday, September 25, 2010 at the Broward County Emergency Operations Center, located at 201 NW 84th Avenue, in Plantation. The Basic-Refresher / Advanced class is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m....more
Hurricane Call Center
The City of Coral Springs Hurricane Call Center will be available to assist residents with vital information before and after a storm. Residents can reach the call center at
954-344-1001. Staff at the Call Center are available to answer questions about City-related issues and not concerns such as canals, cable television or electricity.
You can watch CityTV on Advanced Cable Communications on Channel 25 and AT&T U-Verse on Channel 99.
CityTV will air the latest community updates, including curfew information, business openings and closings, debris removal and other emergency preparedness instructions. You can also stream CityTV online by using windows media player by clicking here.
City Radio: 1670 AM
Coral Springs City Radio 1670 AM is the City’s own government radio station. Residents and visitors alike can tune in to 1670 AM while traveling within City limits to listen to information on City services, 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
In times of emergency, CityRadio will provide important and up-to-date information such as points of distribution for ice, water and food, boil water alerts, and status of City facility openings. During non-emergencies, CityRadio offers a variety of programming about City services, Amber Alerts, EAS weather reports and, coming soon, live broadcasts of City Commission meetings
Broward County’s Official Emergency Radio Station
WIOD 610 AM
The 24-hour station, specializing in news/talk format, will carry all County announcements and news conferences from the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC), in the event of a hurricane or other disaster. The station’s signal reaches all areas of Broward County.
Click for a list of all City Operated Radio Stations in Broward County.
The City’s Web site, coralsprings.org, will be constantly updated with detailed information. Before the storm, residents can register for several e-newsletters designed to give not only storm information but regular notices from the City as well. Go to coralsprings.org and scroll to the E-Coral Springs Section where you can click on “Sign up for e-News” to register. Residents also have the option of signing up for a Community Awareness e-mail, which provides information about domestic security and tropical updates. To be included on the list, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monarch High School, 5050 Wiles Road in Coconut Creek (MAP) and Coral Glades High School, 2700 Sportsplex Drive in Coral Springs (MAP) are the two closest primary shelters for Coral Springs. The American Red Cross is responsible for opening this and other shelters as need demands. Shelters and other programs may open in phases and residents will need to monitor local media for information. It is important to note that Coral Springs is not considered an evacuation area.
Help for Seniors
The City of Coral Springs has a program to assist the City’s senior and physically challenged communities. The Fire Department maintains a database to alert fire rescue personnel of any special needs required by a senior or disabled resident during an emergency. Visit coralsprings.org/assistance to register your information with the Fire Department. Those needing to go to a Broward County Special Needs Shelter must pre-register with Broward County Human Services Department at: 954-357-6385, TTY: 954-357-5608.
Vulnerable Population Database
In an effort to help residents with disabilities before and after a hurricane, Broward County municipalities and the County Commission developed the Vulnerable Population Database Registry. In the event of a hurricane, this web-based program will notify first responders of residents who are at risk due to disability, frailty or health issues and decided to stay at home during a storm. Any resident that fits the criteria is encouraged to register by visiting broward.org/atrisk, or call the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000.
Residents and business owners alike are encouraged to sign up for CodeRED, a voice messaging system used to alert residents about events or concerns in their area including: local criminal activity, weather emergencies, missing persons, evacuation orders and other situations requiring immediate attention. Those who sign up can enter multiple phone numbers, including cell phones and non-local numbers as long as a Coral Springs address is registered to the number. To register or obtain more information, visit coralsprings.org/codered.
Join the CERT team
The Community Emergency Response Team is made up of residents like you specially trained in emergency response procedures. Those taking part in the 25-hour CERT course receive training in disaster preparedness, basic fire suppression, medical treatment strategies for life-threatening conditions, search-and-rescue techniques, and coping with post-disaster stress. CERT members are called upon to help the community during many types of events. No previous experience or training is necessary. Interested participants must be at least 16 years old. For more information call 954-346-1774 or visit coralsprings.org/cert, where those interested also can download an application.
Hurricane Pet Shelter
In case of an evacuation order in Broward County, residents with pets have the option of going to a pet-friendly hurricane shelter. The nearest pet-friendly shelter is Millennium Middle School, 5803 N.W. 94th Ave., in Tamarac. Those wanting to use the shelter during an emergency must pre-register because of space limitations by calling 954-266-6871. Owners are required to show proof that they reside in a County evacuation zone and that their pets have up-to-date vaccinations, including a rabies shot.
Family Preparedness Guides
Family Preparedness Guide from the State of Florida - English(.pdf)
Guía de preparación para familias Del Estado de la Florida - Spanish(.pdf)
Leta Florida Gid Pou Prepare Fanmi Nou - Creole(.pdf)
Hurricane Information Links
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