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Are you ready? 
 
As residents of South Florida, we are never far from the possible dangers associated with hurricanes. The most important step everyone can take to survive a hurricane is to prepare. If you have not completed your hurricane preparations, the time to do so is now.
 
For hurricane preparedness information and a handy check list, visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/hurricane
 
For National Hurricane Center updates, visit
 
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
 
Hurricane Emergency Hotline   954.828.8888
24-Hour Neighbor Call Center   954.828.8000
Police Department Non-Emergency   954.828.5700
Emergency  911

Back to School 
 
The City of Fort Lauderdale recently joined Broward County Public Schools in welcoming students and their families back to school.
 
Share your school photos!
Post photos of you and your family going to a Broward County Public School from the first day of school together. Send a photo and post to Twitter with the hashtag #BCPSFirstDayandEveryDay. @browardschools may retweet your photo and share as part of school promotions.
 
Looking for back to school information?
Broward County Public Schools has excellent online resources available for parents getting ready for a new school year. Visit browardschools.com/bts for more information.
 
Check out our mobile app!
Did you know that Broward County Public Schools has a mobile app with new features providing secure, personalized access to student-specific information? Visit browardschools.com to learn how to register.
Choose Zero this School Year 

Now that the new school year has begun, our streets and roadways are much busier, placing children and motorists at higher risk for transportation-related incidents.
 
Motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death among young children in the United States. According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2004 to 2013, 327 school-age children (18 or under) died in school-transportation-related crashes. In addition, more school-age pedestrians were killed between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. than any other hours of the day. In Fort Lauderdale, four children have been killed in traffic crashes since 2013.
 
The City adopted Vision Zero Fort Lauderdale to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries on our streets to zero. To help advance Vision Zero, click here for street safety tips from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department and University of Miami WalkSafe program to help keep everyone safe this school year.
 
Whether walking, biking, bussing, or driving, we are all responsible for the choices we make when traveling on City streets.  As students head back to school, let's start the year off by choosing to put safety first and respectfully sharing our streets. By doing so, you'll help make our streets safer for everyone, including our children. Remember, your choices add up to zero; your choices save lives.
 
Click here to read  WalkSafe's 3 Pedestrian Safety Concepts Everyone Should Know.


Back to School Safety Tips
 
Bus Safety
  • Motorists are required to stop when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing and STOP arms extended.
  • The only time traffic approaching an oncoming school bus does not need to stop, is if there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic.
  • Motorists should be alert and watch for children especially near schools, bus stops, school buses, and in school parking lots.
  • At bus stops, children should wait in a safe place away from the road.
  • Children should never walk behind a bus.
  • Remember, Stop on Red, kids ahead!
 
While Driving
  • Slow down and be especially alert in the residential neighborhoods and school zones
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully
  • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Put down your phone and don't talk or text while driving.
 
Reminder for your kids
  • They should cross the street with an adult until they are at least 10 years old
  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks
  • Never run out into the streets or cross in between parked cars
  • Make sure they always walk in front of the bus where the driver can see them
PLAY Fort Lauderdale - a licensed after-school program   
 
PLAY Fort Lauderdale is your child's passport to fun! Our licensed after-school program provides children the opportunity to
exercise, play, and build their self-esteem in a safe and nurturing environment.

Activities include free play, games, arts and crafts, fitness, sports, cultural arts, homework help, and so much more! For details, call 954-828-7275 (PARK) or  visit
 
Commissioner Roberts Telephone Town Hall August 30 

District I Commissioner Bruce G. Roberts will host the next citywide Telephone Town Hall Meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. It's your chance to share your thoughts with the Commissioner regarding City services, initiatives and events. 
 
Mark your calendar for the remaining 2016 meetings, which will both take place at 7 p.m.:
  • District III Commissioner Robert L. McKinzie- September 13
  • District IV Commissioner Romney Rogers- October 13 
Neighbors with listed phone numbers will receive a phone call at the beginning of the meeting. Those that wish to participate may stay on the line to share their ideas or listen to the discussion. Alternatively, residents can also call the toll free number 888-410-3427 from their home or cell phone to join. Click here  to l earn more  about the meetings and how to participate.
Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Recycling Collection Event set for September 10
 
Fort Lauderdale residents are invited to participate in the City of Coconut Creek's next household hazardous waste and electronics recycling collection event on September 10. The event will be from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and is free to all Fort Lauderdale residents. The event will be held at 4181 NW 121 Avenue, Coconut Creek, Florida 33065.
 
Proof of Fort Lauderdale residency is required. For more information visit www.fortlauderdale.gov/hhw

Friday Night Sound Waves   

Set against the magnificent backdrop of Fort Lauderdale Beach, the Friday Night Sound Waves Live Music Series takes place every Friday night from 5:30 - 8:30 pm, March 18 - November 18.
 
Free to the public, and geared toward area locals, global visitors, the young and the young-at-heart, we welcome you to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend with us every Friday night.
 
Bring a beach chair. Bring a friend. Come #MeetMeAtTheHub
 
For more information, including scheduled performances, visit www.fridaynightsoundwaves.com/
Tunnel to Towers 5K Run & Walk set for Saturday, September 10th
 
Thousands of people are expected to participate in the Annual Tunnel to Towers Fort Lauderdale 5K Run &Walk on Saturday, September 10th starting at 7:30 a.m. at Huizenga Park, 32 East Las Olas Boulevard.
 
The event honors both first responders who lost their lives on 9/11 and U.S. Military personnel who were catastrophically injured as a result of their service. All proceeds will benefit the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, including the Building for America's Bravest program, which builds specially adapted, custom designed smart homes for our nation's most catastrophically injured service members.
 
For more information, visit T2TRun.org
Relax at JM Lexus Sunday JazzBrunch September 4th

Join us the first Sunday of every month on the scenic Riverwalk for the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch. This free outdoor concert series takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features  the best local jazz artists on three stages from Esplanade Park to Riverfront.
  
One of Fort Lauderdale's most popular community events, the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch invites everyone to bring their blankets, chairs and picnic baskets along with well-behaved, leashed pets to the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District for the best in local jazz.
 
Parking for the JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch is available at the county garage located on S.W. 2nd Street between S.W. 2nd Avenue and Brickell Avenue or at the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District parking garage at S.W. Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. This event is produced by the Fort Lauderdale Parks and Recreation Department.
Stay informed in an emergency
Sign up for CodeREDâ„¢ and get City notifications delivered to your phone

The City of Fort Lauderdale uses CodeREDâ„¢ to send notifications to your phone about water main
breaks, gas leaks, evacuations and other life safety emergencies. The City may also use CodeRED to communicate road closures, water main repairs and other types of non-life safety matters.

Residents or business owners with a Fort Lauderdale address may register for CodeRED on the City's website at www.fortlauderdale.gov/codered or by contacting the 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at (954) 828-8000 or www.fortlauderdale.gov/lauderserv.

Registration is FREE!
King Tides Expected Sept. 16 - 21

Flooding in low-lying areas is more likely in the fall months, as the close proximity of the moon, high tides, rising sea levels, and inclement weather conditions combine to exacerbate flooding risks.
 
As a coastal community with numerous low-lying areas and 300 miles of canal coastline, Fort Lauderdale neighbors are advised to be especially vigilant from September through December, when tides are expected to be at their highest levels for the year.
 
While the City maintains an extensive stormwater master plan and is instituting both aggressive maintenance and innovative adaptation solutions to address drainage, including the installation of tidal valves, the location and natural geography of the City makes neighborhoods susceptible to flooding. Remember that flooded streets may be covered in either fresh or saltwater. Please take caution whenever driving on flooded streets. When in doubt, turn around.

Report Unlicensed Contractor Activity

Unlicensed contracting activity is a crime that negatively
affects the health, safety, and welfare of our community. 
The City of Fort Lauderdale encourages neighbors to report
unlicensed contractor activity. Send an email to
reportunlicensed@fortlauderdale.gov or call 954-828-6500.

Here are some tips for working with contractors: 
* Ask to see the contractor's license, which should list the
contractors name, license number, address, and specialty
* Ask for written estimates from several licensed contractors
* Read contracts carefully and ask questions
* Ask for references
* Make sure the entire scope of work for the job is clearly
detailed in the contract
* Get all change orders to the original scope of work in writing and signed by both parties.

 


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