By Bryan Boggiano
Ahead of the 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season, marked by forecasts of above-average activity and supply-chain issues making preparations more difficult, city officials are urging residents to prepare early and remain ready throughout the season.
“It’s now more important than ever that residents plan ahead to ensure they get the items, equipment, or supplies they’ll need,” said Tamarac Fire Chief Michael Annese.
Annese said residents should have enough water and nonperishable food to last each person and pet for 7-14 days.
Residents should also have a two-week supply of medications, install shutters, and trim trees, Annese said.
In the event of power outages, Annese recommends that residents have battery-operated flashlights or headlamps, lower their air conditioning and refrigerator temperatures, and have battery-operated fans.
Annese said never to use a generator inside or within 10 feet of a door or window opening on generator safety. Generators, he cautioned, should be kept in a well-ventilated area outside of the home.
In case of an emergency, he strongly recommends that residents have carbon monoxide alarms in working order.
Annese also cautioned not to fuel a generator while running or immediately after shutting it down. He said the motor needs sufficient time to cool down.
Annese said not to keep fuel for long periods since fumes are highly flammable and can ignite.
In the event of flooding, he said residents should avoid roadways since stalled vehicles and debris can be hazardous.
For residents interested in helping the city prepare for and respond to potential hurricanes and tropical storms, Annese recommends joining the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The response team oversees various phases in the disaster response cycle, is trained to identify hazards and damage, and assists in emergency shelters, if necessary.
“Tamarac’s CERT program is an excellent opportunity for residents to serve and give back to the community,” Annese said. “The program boosts community spirit and builds camaraderie with members of the 15 other CERT teams within Broward County.”
For residents with disabilities and other vulnerable populations, Annese recommends calling 954-831-3900 and going to Broward County’s website to register vulnerable people to receive information on evacuation and other hurricane preparedness steps.
He also recommends signing up for CodeRED, the city’s emergency notification system, to stay updated.
Residents can call 954-597-3800, text TamaracCodeRED to 99411, or register online to get updated.
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