Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response


Pre-Disaster Phases


These are the steps taken to ensure a home or business is ready for a storm event well in advance of any threat. These actions may include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

Short-Term Preparedness

Rather than waiting until a storm threat, there are certain items that every Florida household should have on hand; particularly during hurricane season (June 1 to November 30). These include water, batteries, flashlights, radios, first aid kits, non-perishable food and canned goods, prescriptions and other medications, pet and baby supplies, etc.

When a storm is imminent, secure storm shutters or put up plywood (5/8”). Bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down and could be carried by strong winds.

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Post-Disaster Phases

Initial Responders

Once the storm has passed and local authorities have given clearance, local utility companies will begin necessary efforts to repair downed lines and restore service as quickly as possible. Dependent upon the severity of the storm, this process could be a matter of hours, days or weeks. There may also be the matter of fallen trees, power lines and street lights & signs that will be a part of this process.

Beware of fallen power lines especially those in standing water! Don nit touch downed lines even if you believe they are inactive.

Don’t drive through puddles if unsure of depth!

Local government agencies (e.g., Broward County Emergency Management Division, County & Municipal Housing Departments, etc.) and federal agencies such as FEMA will also move into action; conducting damage assessments and responding appropriately.[/ezcol_1third] [ezcol_1third_end]

Long-Term Recovery

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Crisis Housing Solutions is part of the  Broward County Department of Emergency Management, including the Emergency Operations Center (EOC); and has an excellent relationship with FEMA’s Florida Long-Term Recovery Office.

To check on available housing assistance programs, please contact our office at:

(954) 587-0160