Saturday, August 25, 2012

Tropical Storm Isaac Update

The Broward County American Red Cross will open two general population shelters. There is not an evacuation order; however, shelters are being opened for residents of low-lying areas and areas prone to flooding, mobiles home residents and those who feel their structure is unsafe. The following shelter locations will open at 7 p.m. today:
  • Rock Island Elementary, 1701 N.W. 23 Ave., Fort Lauderdale
  • Millennium Middle School (pet friendly shelter), 5803 N.W. 94 Ave., Tamarac
In other updates:
  • Broward County Public Schools announced that classes are canceled for Monday, August 27. Parents are encouraged to visit or call the school district's Rumor Control Line at 754-321-0321 for questions or current information.
  • Broward County Transit and Broward County Paratransit will not operate on Sunday.
  • Port Everglades will close at 11 p.m. tonight, landside and waterside, and will remain closed until further notice. Cruise passengers should contact their cruise lines for updates.
  • Air travelers should check with their airline for updates.
  • The 17th Circuit Court will be closed on Monday. There will be no jury duty. Jurors should call 954-831-7051 for instructions.
  • Clerk of the Court and the Court Administrator's Office will be closed on Monday.
  • Broward County Property Appraiser's Office will be closed on Monday
  • Residents who may be experiencing price gouging can call the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Price Gouging Hotline at 1-800-435-7352 or the Florida Attorney General at 1-866-966-7226.
Two Special Needs Shelters were opened at 3 p.m. today. Residents already registered for special needs sheltering are being contacted directly. Those residents who have not preregistered, but have a managed medical condition or disability who feel they need a level of care that may be compromised with power outages if they remain at home, should call the Broward County Emergency Hotline at 311, or 954-831-4000, for assistance.
Residents who choose to evacuate to a shelter are reminded that shelter only provides basic needs and they should bring the following to make their stay more comfortable:
  • personal hygiene items
  • bedding such as cots, air mattresses, blankets and pillows for their own use (none will be provided)
  • non-perishable snacks and personal meals
  • extra change of clothing
  • personal items (medications, eyeglasses, hearing aid, flashlights, toothbrushes, battery-operated radio, special diet foods, if appropriate)
  • baby supplies: ample amounts of baby food, formula, juice, diapers and wipes, and a stroller, portable crib or play pen
  • driver's license, other identification
  • cash, traveler's checks
  • important documents 

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