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Your "One-Stop Shop" for finding information regarding services in Broward County available for seniors, persons with severe and persistent mental illness, ages 18 and over, their families, and caregivers.

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If You Are Going to Leave, Then You Need to Leave Early

Geographically, Florida is a Very Large Peninsula. If you live in South Florida, then you live at the end of that peninsula. So, if you want to drive out, there's only one way to go—north!

There are Two Main Northbound Routes: the Turnpike and I-95. And in the face of an oncoming hurricane, these two routes will be come more and more crowded, moving more and more slowly. Tropical storms and hurricanes are notorious for changing direction.

Heavy Traffic

If you try to drive out, and you wait too long to leave, you may find yourself trapped in very slow moving traffic and heading into an area threatened by the oncoming storm.

Who Should Evacuate Their Home?

The Broward County Administrator will order evacuations for some Broward County residents to protect them from storm surges. Typicaly, those persons located in low lying areas or beside tidal bodies of water will be required to seek shelter elsewhere. Just how many people these mandatory evacuations will affect depends on the strength of the oncoming storm.

There are two evacuation plans—A and B. The severity of the oncoming storm will determine which plan is implemented.

  • Plan A is for a Category 1 or 2 Hurricane—all mobile home residents, residents beside tidal bodies of water and in low-lying areas, and residents east of the Intracoastal Waterway should evacuate.
  • Plan B is for a Category 3, 4, or 5 Hurricane—in addition to those required to evacuate under Plan A, all residents east of U.S. 1 ( Federal Highway ) should evacuate.

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Broward Emergency Management Agency

201 N.W. 84th Avenue

Plantation, FL 33324

Broward County Hurricane Hotline

954.831.4000 or 311

When You Need to Evacuate Your Home, decide on a specific place to go.

  • The Protected House of a friend outside of the evacuation zone, a secure motel or hotel within the county or as a last resort a public shelter.
  • Do Not Stay in Any Structure without good shutters or properly designed and installed hurricane protection.
  • Do Not Count on Driving North on the Turnpike or I-95. They will be jammed with slow moving traffic.
  • Do Not Count on Going to the airport and flying out. If the airport has not already closed, there is a high likelihood that any remaining flights will be full or cancelled.
  • Plan on Staying in South Florida.

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Last Resort Evacuation

A Red Cross Shelter should be your last resort. Do not go until you hear from officials that a specific shelter has opened. Shelters will be crowded and uncomfortable. Be sure to bring:

  • Pillows and blankets.
  • Food, water, prescription medicines.
  • Small toys, games, and books for young children.
  • Note: pets, alcohol, and firearms are not allowed.


Regional Hurricane Shelters

(Alphabetical Order by City)

Lyons Creek Middle School

4333 Sol Press Boulevard

Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Monarch High School

5050 Wiles Road

Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Coral Glades High School

2700 Sportsplex Drive

Coral Springs, FL 33065

Fox Trail Elementary School

1250 S Nob Hill Road

Davie, FL 33324

Rock Island Elementary/Arthur Ashe Middle School

1701 NW 23rd Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Park Lakes Elementary School

3925 N State Road 7

Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319

Everglades High School

17100 SW 48th Court

Miramar, FL 33027

New Renaissance Middle School

10701 Miramar Boulevard

Miramar, FL 33025

Watkins Elementary School

3520 SW 52nd Avenue

Pembroke Park, FL 33023

Silver Trail Middle School

18300 Sheridan Street

Pembroke Pines, FL 33331

West Broward High School

500 NW 209th Avenue

Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

Plantation Elementary School

651 NW 42nd Avenue

Plantation, FL 33317

Pompano Beach High School

1400 NE 6th Street

Pompano Beach, FL 33060

Falcon Cove Middle School

4251 Bonaventure Boulevard

Weston, FL 33332

Pet-Friendly Shelter

Special Medical Needs

If You are Dependent on Life Support Systems, or any medical device that requires electricity, be aware that power may be off for some time during and after a hurricane. You MUST, therefore, plan to relocate early for any hurricane.

All persons with a potentially servere medical need or dependency should contact their service provider or Broward County Elderly & Veteran Services for detailed information.

Special Needs Registry


TTY 800.395.1878

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