Hurricane Dorian

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Hurricane Update 12

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 – 6:15 pm

As we return to normal operations after Hurricane Dorian, we thank our residents and local businesses who secured their property and helped others during this stressful time.

We’re grateful that South Florida was spared a direct hit from this powerful storm. Unfortunately, our friends in the Bahamas did not fare as well and bore the brunt of Dorian for an extended period. We want to extend our deepest sympathies and offer what help we can as they deal with the storm’s aftermath.

Tamarac is collecting supplies for hurricane victims in the Bahamas. The following donations will be accepted from 10 am – 7 pm on September 5 – 7, at the Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., and Recreation Center, 7501 N. University Dr.

Water
Canned goods
Can openers
Mosquito spray
Sunscreen
Baby formula
Toiletries
Baby wipes
Cleaning wipes
Work gloves
First aid supplies
Flashlights
Batteries
New unfueled small generators

Please note, these are the only donations being accepted. All donations will be given to the United Way to be delivered to the people of the Bahamas. The City will NOT accept monetary donations. If you wish to donate money, you can make online gifts to either www.UnitedWayBroward.org/HurricaneDorian or www.RedCross.org.

Thank you for whatever you can do.

Please remember that hurricane season runs through November 30, so stay prepared. For information and tips on how to do so, visit www.Ready.gov.

Finally, to keep informed about future storms, monitor the local news and www.nhc.noaa.gov.  

Hurricane Update 11

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – 5:40 pm

The tropical storm watch for Broward County has ended.

As previously announced, City offices, facilities and parks will open for normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4. Broward County government and Broward County Public Schools will be open as well.

Additionally, Waste Management will resume normal garbage collection tomorrow. Those who missed residential garbage and recycling service can expect the following collections:

Residential Garbage

  • Routes not collected on Monday, September 2 will be collected on Thursday, September 5.
  • Routes not collected on Tuesday, September 3 will be collected on Friday, September 6.

Residential Recycling

  • Routes not collected on Monday, September 2 will be collected on Monday, September 9.
  • Routes not collected on Tuesday, September 3 will be collected on Tuesday, September 10.

Hurricane Update 10

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 – 11:15 am

Tamarac City offices, parks and facilities are closed today, and the City’s community bus shuttles are not in service as we remain under a tropical storm watch with the potential for rain bands and tropical storm-force wind gusts. The City will reopen for normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4, as will the County and Broward County Public Schools.

There will be no garbage and recycling collection in the City today. We will provide an update later today about what to expect tomorrow.

For updates on Hurricane Dorian, please continue to monitor local media and www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Hurricane Update 9

Monday, September 2, 2019 – 7:15 pm

Tamarac remains under a tropical storm watch which is expected to last through tomorrow, and the City’s offices and facilities will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Broward County Public Schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 3. Please monitor local news for information on when Broward County Public Schools will resume classes.

Waste Management has informed us that there will be NO garbage collection tomorrow, September 3.

Broward County transportation will resume operations at noon tomorrow.

In addition, Broward County announced today that it opened three general population shelters.

  • Atlantic Technical College/Arthur Ashe Junior Campus, 1701 NW 23rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
  • Monarch High School, 5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek
  • Everglades High School, 17100 SW 48th Court, Miramar (PET-FRIENDLY)

Call (954) 831-4000 or 311 for additional information on Broward’s general and special needs shelters.

For the latest updates on Hurricane Dorian, continue to visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Hurricane Update 8

Monday, September 2, 2019 - 12:45 pm

Broward County remains under a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Dorian continues its path over the Bahamas. There is the potential for tropical storm-force gusts through Tuesday evening.

Local government closures and cancellations include:

  • Tamarac City offices and facilities will be closed Tuesday, September 3. Residents with flooding concerns can call the Water Treatment Plant, which is always staffed: (954) 597-3775.
  • Tamarac meetings and all recreational programs will be canceled Tuesday, September 3.
  • Tamarac Parks and Recreation Board meeting scheduled Tuesday, September 3 has been canceled.
  • Tamarac’s Planning Board meeting and Special Magistrate hearing scheduled for Wednesday, September 4, have been canceled.
  • Broward County government offices will be closed Tuesday, September 3.
  • Broward County Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, September 3.
  • Broward Convention Center is closed.
  • The County opened three special needs adult shelters and one pediatric special needs shelter. For information, call  311 or (954) 831-4000.
  • Regular garbage collection and bulk pickup is canceled for Monday, September 2.
  • Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport closed Monday, September 2, at noon until further notice.
  • Port Everglades is closed to all operations unless specifically approved by the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port.

All necessary City staff are working today, monitoring conditions including canal levels and the storm’s path.  We encourage residents to continue tracking the storm as well by monitoring the local news and www.nhc.noaa.gov.

 

Hurricane Update 7

Sunday, September 1, 2019 – 6:30 pm

Broward County remains under a tropical storm watch as Hurricane Dorian continues moving slowly over the Bahamas, at a speed of just 5 miles per hour.

City offices and Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, September 2, and the City’s red bus route will not be in service tomorrow. Garbage collection and bulk pickup are suspended through Tuesday, September 3.

We will continue to provide updates on the City’s website and on our Citizen hotline: (954) 718-1800. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

We encourage you to monitor local news and www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Here are additional important local updates:

Public Schools:

  • Broward County Public Schools will be closed through Tuesday, September 3.

 Broward County: 

  • The County’s 311 Emergency Hotline is activated opened and will remain open 24 hours until further notice.
  • The County opened three special needs adult shelters and one pediatric special needs shelter and is still accepting applications from special needs residents. To register, call 311 or (954) 831-4000.

Other:

  • Uber is offering free roundtrip rides, up to $20 each way, to and from state-approved evacuation shelters listed at FloridaDisaster.org/info, or on local county websites. Users will need to open the app, tap “Payment” in the app menu, scroll down to Promotions, tap “Add Promo Code,” enter code DORIANRELIEF then tap “Add.”

Hurricane Update 6

Sunday, September 1, 2019 – 10:40 am

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Tamarac and all of Broward County. Hurricane Dorian is now a category 5 storm and the forecast cone shifted slightly closer to the Florida coast overnight, although it’s still expected to stay offshore.

According to the latest forecast, tropical storm-force wind gusts may start locally sometime Monday morning and are possible through Wednesday morning. We’re not expecting sustained tropical storm-force winds, but that could change. The latest forecast indicates we could receive 2 – 4 inches of rain, with some local areas possibly experiencing up to 6 inches.

The City urges everyone to continue to monitor this storm carefully. Uncertainty remains in Dorian’s exact track. Small changes to the forecast will mean big differences in impacts at any given location. Remain vigilant until the storm has passed and continue to monitor local news or visit www.nhc.noaa.gov.

Hurricane Update 5

Saturday, August 31, 2019 – 7 pm

The latest forecast shows Hurricane Dorian continuing on a path that will keep its center offshore for the east coast of Florida. As shown in the image below, Broward County is currently outside the forecast cone for a direct hit and Tamarac is NOT under a tropical storm watch at this time.
Image showing  Hurricane Dorian’s forecast cone and the area under tropical storm watch.

With a major hurricane passing just offshore early next week, we need to remain vigilant. The potential for heavy wind and rain in Broward County remain, and the City continues to track the storm’s progress. More storm information is available at www.nhc.noaa.gov, including an interactive map where you can track the storm’s forecast cone, wind watches and warnings and more.

As a reminder, canals have been lowered in Tamarac, and the City’s stormwater division is on standby monitoring their levels. For information on flood control and what to expect in your neighborhood when it rains, visit https://www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/flood-control.

Hurricane Update 4

Saturday, August 31, 2019 – 10:20 am

The latest forecast shows Hurricane Dorian turning slightly north and keeps its center offshore for the east coast of Florida. It’s important to remember that small changes to the forecast will mean big differences in impacts experienced in different areas, so we need to be prepared.

Florida will have a major hurricane just offshore early next week, and we still face the potential for destructive winds, significant flooding and life-threatening storm surge. The likelihood remains for a prolonged period of hazardous conditions to last for a couple of days.

As previously announced, parks facilities close today at 1 pm and garbage collection will be suspended from September 1 – 3.

The City continues to monitor the storm and will provide updates as information becomes available.

 For the latest updates on Hurricane Dorian, visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.


Hurricane Update 3:

Friday, August 30, 2019 – 6:40 pm

Hurricane Dorian has strengthened into a Category 3 storm, and its speed has slowed as it approaches the Bahamas. It is now expected to start impacting Florida Sunday night into early next week, but uncertainty remains as to exactly where and when. South Florida remains in the forecast cone of this powerful storm, and there is the potential for extreme hazardous weather conditions for a prolonged period of time. Tamarac continues to urge residents and businesses to complete hurricane preparations as soon as possible.

New City Information:

  • You now have two ways to sign up for CodeRED emergency notifications. Enroll now by clicking here, or by texting the keyword “TamaracCodeRed” to 99411. When you enroll via text, you’ll receive back a mobile-friendly signup page.  
  • The City received an update from Waste Management regarding garbage collection. They will provide normal services on Saturday, August 31 but will be closed September 1 – 3. Do not put regular garbage or bulk collection items out for pickup early next week. We will post updates as to when collection will resume after the storm has passed.
  • A link to Hurricane Dorian information has been added to the City’s Tamarac To Go mobile app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play and Apple App stores.

Hurricane Update 2:

Friday, August 30, 2019 – 11:50 am

The City continues to monitor the path of Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to become a major hurricane that could impact Florida over Labor Day weekend. While no storm watches or warnings have been issued and Dorian’s exact path is still uncertain, the current forecast indicates an increasing likelihood that Tamarac could experience strong winds, heavy rains and local flooding even if we don’t receive a direct impact.

We urge residents and businesses to closely monitor this storm, and to complete their hurricane preparations as soon as possible. For the latest updates on Hurricane Dorian, visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov. For more hurricane preparation tips, visit www.broward.org/hurricane or www.ready.gov.

The City continues storm preparations. Canals have been lowered, and City staff is clearing storm drains for stormwater management. In addition, we have reached out to Tamarac residents on the vulnerable population registry; people can call (954) 831-4000 to be added to this list. We have also worked with contractors to ensure all construction site materials are secured.

Here are important things to know:

City Facilities:

  • City offices will close at 5 pm on Friday, August 30 and be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
  • Caporella Aquatic Center will remain open Friday, August 30 and be closed as of Saturday, August 31.
  • The Tamarac Recreation Center, Tamarac Community Center and Caporella Fitness Center will close at 1 pm on Saturday, August 31.

City Services:

 City Communications:

  • Residents are strongly encouraged to sign up for CodeRED emergency communications at https://public.coderedweb.com/CNE/en-US/F82F07D67E96.
  • City updates will be posted at www.Tamarac.org/HurricaneDorian.
  • Residents with flooding concerns can call the Water Treatment Center, which is always staffed: (954) 597-3775.
  • For any hurricane-related questions, or to request a wellness check on a friend or loved one, call (954) 597-3800.
  • Information updates will be shared on the City’s social media. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Hurricane Update 1:

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 4 pm

The City is closely monitoring Hurricane Dorian, which is expected to impact the state of Florida over Labor Day weekend, and preparations have begun.   

Canal levels are being lowered and we will continue to monitor them. We are also working with contractors to ensure construction site building materials are secure.

We encourage residents to prepare. Please make sure to have a seven-day supply of water, food, prescription medication and other necessary supplies for all members of your household. Keep monitoring the local news for updates on the storm’s progress. Below is a list of useful contact information for hurricane-related assistance. For additional information on hurricane supplies and preparedness, visit www.ready.gov.

DORIAN ASSISTANCE INFORMATION  
BROWARD COUNTY EMERGENCY HOTLINE 311 or (954) 831-4000
VULNERABLE POPULATION  (954) 831-4000
SPECIAL NEEDS SHELTER (954) 831-4000
SPECIAL NEEDS REGISTRATION (954) 831-3902 or TTY (954) 831-3940

FPL-POWER OUTAGE 1 (800) 468-8243
FEMA 1 (800) 621-3362 TTY: 1 (800) 462-7585
FEMA EMERGENCY SHELTER: 4FEMA (43362)
Text “Shelter(zip code)”,i.e., Shelter33321
Spanish
Refugio(zip code)
i.e. Refugio33321

Emergency Shelter: Locate options by zip code by visiting https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/housing-and-homeless-services.You can also download an app via https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app to find open shelters.
If you plan on evacuating to a shelter, listen to local radio and television stations for shelter openings, or call the Broward County Emergency Hotline at 311 (954-831-4000). Shelters open approximately four hours after an evacuation is ordered. For a list of items you should take with you to a General Population Shelter, view the Emergency Checklist at http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/ShelterWhatToBring.aspx.