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Hurricane Season starts June 1st: We're ready; Are you?

Being prepared is the most important step everyone can take to survive a storm.
As residents of South Florida, we are never far from the possible dangers associated with hurricanes.

The City of Fort Lauderdale provides many emergency services to our neighbors on a daily basis. City staff has regular year-round training programs because we recognize that emergency management is every employee's responsibility. 
Hurricane preparedness is also the public's responsibility.

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.
Stay informed before, during and after a storm:
Hurricane Hotline: 954-828-8888
24-Hour Neighbor Call Center: 954-828-8000
Prepare a Disaster Supply Kit Now!
Have enough emergency supplies to last for at least 3 days, but preferably 7-14 days. At a minimum, be sure to include:
  • Water (one gallon per person per day)
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat food (manual can opener)
  • Disposable plates and utensils
  • Battery-powered flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Cash
  • Prescription medication (two-week supply)
  • Eye glasses or contact lenses
  • Toilet paper, soap, wipes, personal hygiene items
  • Large plastic garbage bags
  • Change of clothes, gloves, sturdy shoes, rain gear
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Keys (home, vehicle, boat)
  • Tools (including rope, duct tape, tarp)
  • Unscented bleach
  • Supplies for those with special needs (infants, children, seniors and pets)
  • Important documents (driver's license, birth certificate, insurance papers, medical records)
  • Pet Lodging or additional pet supplies (food, meds)
To review our disaster preparedness guide, click here.

Call now if you need to sign-up for the Vulnerable Population Registry
The Vulnerable Population Registry is available for residents who are at risk due to disability, frailty or health issues, regardless of age, who elect to stay at home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency.
The Registry is a partnership between Broward County and municipalities, including the City of Fort Lauderdale, to help emergency responders better plan for recoveries from hurricanes and other emergencies. It is not a guarantee of assistance.
You can register by calling 311 in Broward or 954-831-3902 (TTY 954-831-3940). All the information provided will be held in the strictest confidence as required by State law.
Plan ahead: What if you are ordered to evacuate?
When ordered to evacuate don't delay your departure.
Slight delays will result in significantly longer travel times as traffic congestion worsens.
  • Fill up your car with gas before you leave
  • Select an evacuation destination that is nearest to your home
  • Hotels will fill up quickly so be sure to make reservations
  • If possible, make arrangements to stay with a friend or relative who resides closest to your home and who will not have to evacuate
  • When evacuating to another county or region, be prepared to wait in traffic
  • Be alert for road hazards such as washed-out roads or bridges and downed power lines
  • Do not drive into flooded areas

Hurricane Shelters

General population shelters are stocked with basic necessities for survival. However, shelters will not be able to provide the same level of convenience as a friend or family member's
home or a hotel. Shelters may be crowded, noisy, boring, short-staffed and offer very little privacy.
Shelters in the City of Fort Lauderdale include the following:
Arthur Ashe Middle School
1701 NW 23rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Riverland Elementary School
2600 SW 11th Court, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
Stay informed in an emergency
Sign up for CodeRED™ and get City notifications delivered to your phone
The City of Fort Lauderdale uses CodeRED™ 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 or by contacting the 24-Hour Neighbor Call Center at (954) 828-8000 or
Registration is FREE!

CERT: Neighbors helping neighbors

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a volunteer program that educates people about disaster preparedness.
Topics include hazards that can impact a community, basic disaster response skills, fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. After completing training requirements, CERT members will have the skills and knowledge to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an emergency event.
Fort Lauderdale's CERT program will train you to respond to emergencies in your neighborhood.
Following a disaster it's natural for citizen volunteers to want to help. However without appropriate training volunteers can be ineffective or even worse, they risk causing injury or death to themselves or others.
With CERT training, you will learn to safely assist yourself, your family and neighbors using basic emergency response and organizational skills. These skills will help save and sustain lives until professional rescue personnel arrive.    
For more information about CERT, or to register for a class, please call the Domestic Preparedness & Emergency Management Bureau at 954-828-6700 or email at
Play Softball with FLPD in Osswald Park at next Family Fun Ride
Bring your family, friends, bikes, picnic baskets, blankets, chairs, and softball gloves for a
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great night of free outdoor fun! Learn about bike safety, participat e in a slow-paced bike ride through the Rock Island neighborhood led by Fort Lauderdale (FLPD) police officers, play softball with FLPD*, then kick back and relax with Illumination Entertainment's movie Sing in the park.
Join Commissioner Robert McKinzie and our District III neighbors on Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at  Osswald Park. Event highlights include free p opcorn, a b ike helmet giveaway (while supplies last), and a fr ee repurposed bike and helmet raffle. You can also donate used,  unwanted bikes to Recyclable Bicycle Exchange at the event. The bikes will be repaired, cleaned up, and gifted to neighbors in need. 

Remember to bring bicycle helmets and bike lights for the ride. Helmets are required for bicyclists that are younger than 16 years old (see  Florida Statutes à §316.2065(3)(d)).

Visit the Fun Ride web page for more information or call 954-828-5226 or email

*Advance registration is required to play in the softball game. To sign up, please call 954-828-5824.
Join us as Dolphin Isles Park becomes LU DEANER PARK

Saturday | June 3 | 10:00 a.m.
2125 NE 33rd Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
The City of Fort Lauderdale and the Dolphin Isles neighborhood cordially invite you to join us as we pay special tribute to the memory of Leonore "Lu" Deaner at a ceremony to rename Dolphin Isles Park in her honor. As the former President of the Dolphin Isles Civic Association, Lu was a dynamic community leader; dedicated civic activist; tireless advocate for children, education and the arts; and faithful volunteer who diligently worked to build community and help make Fort Lauderdale the "City You Never Want to Leave."

This could cost you $500+


Blowing yard waste into streets and storm drains is illegal -- and for good reason.
Blowing grass and leaves into storm drains is illegal
The build-up of grass, leaves, litter and other debris clogs storm drains and causes flooding of streets, homes and businesses. Rain water filters through the debris and may become tainted with pollutants that are carried into our waterways.
Each year, the City spends over $980,000 to clean rotting grass, leaves and other smelly debris out of storm drains. It is unlawful to dump anything into a storm drain (Code of Ordinances Sec. 25-14).
Homeowners and businesses are responsible for violations made by commercial landscapers they employ.
Stormwater pollution from yard waste is preventable. Compliance with City ordinances will reduce pollution and lower clean-up costs.
If you see someone blowing leaves and grass into a storm drain, please call 954-828-8000 to report it.
Now Available: 2016 Water Quality Report

As part of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the City of Fort Lauderdale, and all community water systems, to provide its customers with a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), commonly referred to as the Water Quality Report, by July 1st of each year.
The City of Fort Lauderdale 2016 Water Quality Report is now available online at
Customers who prefer a paper copy sent via U.S. Mail may register online at or call the 24-hour Neighbor Call Center at (954) 828-8000.

City of Fort Lauderdale to Chlorinate Water System

June 20 - July 25, 2017

The City of Fort Lauderdale will temporarily return to using free chlorine in its drinking water system. This preventive maintenance procedure will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2017 and will end at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 27, 2017.
Free chlorination is a common practice for water systems using combined chlorine disinfection. The chlorination period is anticipated to be transparent to water customers; however, some may notice a slight change in the taste or smell of their tap water.
Some customers may also see water running from fire hydrants in their neighborhoods, which is part of the normal maintenance process.
This procedure will affect the City of Fort Lauderdale, as well as Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Port Everglades, Village of Sea Ranch Lakes, Wilton Manors, and sections of the Town of Davie, Oakland Park, and Tamarac (east of State Road 7/441).
The City of Fort Lauderdale maintains the highest standards to ensure clean, high quality drinking water is delivered to its customers. The City's drinking water meets all federal, state, and local drinking water quality standards.
For more information, Fort Lauderdale utility customers may contact the 24-hour Neighbor Call Center at (954) 828-8000 or online at Customers who receive a utility bill from other municipalities or entities should call their respective water provider's customer service phone number for more information.
A video and additional information is posted online at:
Relax at JM Lexus Sunday Jazz Brunch on June 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.
Friday Night Sound Waves returns to Fort Lauderdale Beach 

Get ready to slide off your shoes and slip into the weekend. With the sand and waves of Fort Lauderdale Beach in the background, the free Friday Night Sound Waves live music series has returned to the Hub, located at A1A and Las Olas Boulevard. 
The series features a high-energy performance by one of South Florida's favorite Motown and R&B bands, Pocket Change, followed by a wide array of musical genres every Friday night, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., through November 10, 2017. Special highlights over the 36 weeks include performances by rising stars on the country music scene..
The free concert series, funded in major part by the Fort Lauderdale Beach Business Improvement District (BID), attracts more than 15,000 locals and visitors each year.