Sales Tax Holiday
The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins on Friday, May 29, 2020, and ends on Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. For more information and a list of qualifying items, please refer to this document.
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Get a Plan
Welcome to the Family, Home, and Business Disaster Planning website.
This website will better prepare you and your family for future disasters by helping you create your own personalized Family Disaster Plan.
Click here to download a copy of the Hurricane Preparation Guide.
In a major disaster, emergency workers may not be able to reach everyone right away, and in some cases it may take 3 or more days for help to arrive. What would you do if you had no electricity, no gas, no water, and no telephone service? Having a plan for your family, your home and your business needs will help ensure everyone's safety and comfort during these difficult times.
Having a plan for your family, your home and your business needs will help ensure everyone's safety and comfort during these difficult times.
Over the next few minutes, you will be asked to provide information about your home, family, and pets. Using the information you provide, this website will create a personalized Family or Business Disaster Plan that you can print out and save for future emergencies. Creating your plan is easy and only takes about 10-15 minutes. To begin, visit floridadisaster.org and follow the simple instructions!
Hurricane Parking Grace Period
The Pier Garage will be available for parking of passenger car vehicles, ¼ ton pickups, and other vehicle types as determined by the City Manager or his designee during a hurricane, major storm or hazardous weather conditions (the event) occurrence, as well as under a mandatory evacuation order under the following terms: during an event as stated above the garage management staff will remove the entry gates allowing vehicles to park in the garage during the weather event and 24 hours after the event has passed. Only after the gates have been removed will parking be offered at no charge.
Residents, non-residents and businesses of the City may utilize the garage for parking on floors two through four in a marked parking space only for the storage of their vehicle during the period of a hurricane, major storm or hazardous weather condition, including one-day before and one-day following the event.
There will be no charge during the time the garage is utilized for parking. However, signs will be posted that declare that parking is at the owner’s risk, that access may be limited to the vehicle, post event, because of storm debris or flooding for entering or exiting the garage, and that the City is not liable for any damages from theft, vandalism, storms, wind, flying debris or acts of God.
Any vehicle left in the garage after the gate has been installed and after the time frame for free parking may be cited if no payment is made for the parking before or after the hurricane parking grace period. For parking, the vehicle must pay for the period of time before and after the hurricane parking grace period.
The City Manager may evaluate hazardous weather conditions and make decisions to extend the hurricane parking grace period, close the garage, or make other decisions in the interest of the health and welfare of persons affected by the weather conditions as well as in the interest of protecting the property.
Please note that any vehicle not parked in a designated marked parking area will be towed at the expense of the vehicle owner.
Hurricane Web Map
Please note, we are pulling this information from NOAA’s server over the internet. So there will be a some lag time while the map is refreshing. If you zoom in or out give the map some time to draw. For a fullscreen view of this map please see this link.
Volunteer / Training
Free Community Emergency Response Team Training
To register for the next FREE CERT Training class on February 13th, click on the following registration link: CERT Application
As we have seen in the media, natural and man-made disasters are becoming the new norm. Numerous hurricanes have impacted the City of Pompano Beach. Other disasters such as tornadoes, flooding, fires, hazardous materials incidents and acts of terrorism have also proven that the initial hours following a disaster may overwhelm emergency and rescue personnel and volunteers are a valuable resource within their communities.
CERT training with the Pompano Beach Fire Department will include interactive hands-on training. There are no examinations required to successfully pass this program, however your skills will be measured through practical exercises. Through the course, you will learn lifesaving skills that will assist your family and our community during the first critical hours after a disaster. At the conclusion of the program, students will receive a certificate and become a member of the Pompano Beach Community Emergency Response Team. Participant enthusiasm continues through service with our many on-going volunteer opportunities.
If you have any questions, please contact Krystal Aaron at 954-786-7920 or email@example.com
IS 700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction (3 hour course)
This course introduces and overviews the National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents.
IS 100.b: Introduction to Incident Command System (3 hour course)
ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Evacuation Zones in Pompano Beach and Shelters
The new MANDATORY evacuation zones are:
Category 1 and 2:
East of the Intracoastal Waterway and all mobile home parks
Category 3 or Higher
East of US 1 (Federal Highway) and all mobile home parks
Click on the map for a larger version and more information on shelters in your area. For even more information on evacuation zones please call 954.831.4000. Also, those persons located in low lying areas or beside tidal bodies of water should seek shelter elsewhere if conditions warrant.
Emergency Shelter Map
Emergency Shelter Route Map - Broward County
Emergency Shelter Route Map
Emergency Evacuation Map
Click here to download a copy of the Hurricane Preparation Guide.
National Hurricane Center Information
For the latest information from the National Hurricane Center please see their website http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
If you own a business, did you know that almost 40% of small businesses that close due to a disaster event never re-open?
What would you do if the building your business is located within was damaged or destroyed in a disaster?
Where would you go to continue providing your customers with your business services?
Would you be prepared and have the correct resources, databases, contact information, and other necessary items to adapt to these changes?
Having a disaster plan that identifies these important items will help ensure your business is prepared to survive during unexpected and difficult times!
You will be asked to provide information about your business including your business location, suppliers you depend on, and vital records you use to operate each day. Using the information you provide, this website will create a customized Business Disaster Plan that you can print out and save for future emergencies.
To begin, visit www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan/ and follow the simple instructions!
CodeRED Emergency Notification
Sign up now to receive emergency notifications for your family or your business. Registration online is simple, quick, and free. Just follow the instructions by clicking here.
Email Kimberly Cristiano
Fire Administration: 954-786-4510
Home Damage Assessment Program
Broward County's Home Damage Assessment assists in quickly identifying areas of devastation, even before damage assessment teams are able to canvass the County.
It’s easy and a great service to the community!
You may even want to pre-program the link in your cell phone ahead of time.
The Home Damage Assessment Program asks residents to report hurricane damage to their home as soon as it is safe to go outside by calling 3-1-1 or logging on to the Broward County Hurricane Web site and clicking on Home Damage Assessment Program. http://gis.broward.org/damage/
Here’s how it works:
- Before the storm, print the Home Damage Assessment photos and keep them handy for reference.
- After the storm passes and it’s safe to go outdoors, survey the damage to your home.
- Compare your home to the four homes pictured on the page you printed out, and select the one that best represents the condition of your home for damage level and/or flood level.
- Call the Broward County Hurricane Hotline at 3-1-1 to phone in a damage assessment report. If you still have power and access to the Internet, return to this page and click on the Report Your Damage below.
- You will be asked to provide your street address, city and zip code, and the number of the picture that best represents the level of damage to your home.
- Remember, you must have access to the photos to make a report, as Hurricane Hotline call takers will only be able to accept numbers “1-4” as damage levels and “5-6” for flood levels.
Resident reports will provide a critical early indication of where major damage has occurred. These reports do not constitute a request for individual assistance and do not replace the normal grid-by-grid assessments performed by County assessment teams. http://gis.broward.org/damage/
Before a pet can go to a shelter, they must be registered and be up-to-date on their shots. Below is the link from Broward County’s webpage on how to register your pets. Pets will not be admitted into a shelter if they are not registered and/or do not have proof of current shots. TO register your pet please see this link.
Registered service animals are permitted in general population shelters as long as they meets the requirements under federal law. Information on service animals requirements can be found here.
Vulnerable Population Registry
After a hurricane or other emergency, residents may experience prolonged power and phone outages. Elevators may not be functioning. Residents may not be able to leave their apartments to get assistance or let others know that they are in need. The Vulnerable Population Registry is a tool that municipalities can use to help evaluate resident needs in their communities and assist in planning a response in an emergency. While registering in the database is not a guarantee that you will be provided services or placed on a priority list for responders, it will help responders be better prepared to meet your needs in a recovery.
You should pre-register in the Vulnerable Population Registry if you are at risk due to a disability, frailty or health issue, regardless of age, AND you elect to stay at home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency. Registration should be in advance, and before a storm threatens. The Registry is used by municipalities for planning purposes only, and is not a guarantee of assistance. Register online, or by calling the Broward County Call Center at 311 or 954-831-4000 (TTY 954-831-3890), or by contacting your municipality’s emergency management agency.
For more information please see these flyers: Flyer One, Flyer Two or register at the link below
American Red Cross South Florida
CERT - Pompano Beach
FP&L Storm Center
Grocery Stores w/Power
Gas Stations w/Power
Ready South Florida Special Needs
Important Phone Numbers
Miami Dade: 305.496.5900
Palm Beach: 561.712.6400
Special Needs Information
Insurance Phone Numbers
800.342.2762 (All Counties)
Securing your Property
Waiting until the very last minute to secure your home and property is one sure way to test your sanity.
Murphy's Law states that anytime you're in a hurry, you won't be able to find the stuff you need, things won't fit, and everything that can go wrong will go wrong.
Securing your property should start right now with putting a plan together with a checklist of exactly what you'll need to do when a storm threatens your area.
Follow this up with identifying approximately the length of time it will take for you to complete your checklist. For example, take a Saturday morning and actually put up or close your hurricane shutters. You will be able to identify any missing parts, collect needed tools, and most importantly learn the amount of time it will take to complete the job. You may be surprised what you find.
Prior to storms, safely secure all your garbage cans, lids, and recycling bins inside your garage or home. After the storm, separate vegetative waste (trees and shrubs) from the bulky items (mattresses and furniture) and garbage. Normal trash service will resume after the storm as soon as roads are accessible. For addition information please contact the Public Works Department at 954-786-4061.
Sandbag Distribution: Not currently available
At this time sandbags are not available for distribution.
Before an impending storm, sandbags will be distributed at the following address: Map
10 Sandbags will be provided per residential address. Proof of address will be required in the form of a valid drivers liscence.
Please review our Proper Use of Sandbags document for usage instructions.
*Policy subject to change based on expected storm conditions.
Flood Risk Information
Determine your flood zone: Flood Information Page
Each year, Pompano Beach experiences unusually high seasonal tides called “King Tides.” These tides primarily impact low-lying areas of our community that are prone to flooding and the effects of sea level rise. The City is proactively preparing for the King Tides, and we encourage our neighbors to do the same. King Tides are expected to occur:
August 29 – September 3
September 26 – October 3
October 25 – 31
November 24 – 28
Neighbors who live close to the water or in low-lying areas should take the following precautions:
• Do not drive through flooded areas, turn around and find an alternate safe route to minimize damage to your vehicle and surrounding property;
• If you must drive through flood water, rinse the undercarriage of your vehicle to remove any salt water and minimize corrosive damage;
• Review flood safety tips;
• Evaluate your property's readiness and prepare flood protection measures if needed, such as sandbags to use at door thresholds and garage doors;
• Review your flood insurance policy to understand your coverage;
• If you experience flooding on your street, make sure storm drains are not blocked and remove waste collection carts as quickly as possible after they are emptied, or wait until your next scheduled collection day to put them out; and
• If you encounter flood water, rinse off to minimize exposure to pollutants that could have been picked up by the moving water.
We remind our neighbors to be attentive, stay alert, and remain vigilant as we work together to address this naturally occurring phenomenon.