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Pets, Pools, Generators & School Information
PROTECT PETS
Do not leave pets unattended. Ensure pets are wearing I.D. Have food, medication and sanitary supplies. Fish tank pumps should be equipped with an adaptor for battery power. Pets should be taken, in advance, to a veterinarian kennel, host home or pet friendly hotel.

Broward County now has one pet-friendly shelter at Millennium Middle School in Tamarac. Pre-registration is required: 954-989-3977, or visit http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/EvacuationShelterInformation.aspx . Owners must shelter with their pets and care for them. Qualified service animals are allowed at all shelters.

TOP TIPS for PET SAFETY
Take Steps Now to be Prepared: » Pets Require Planning Too

PROTECT YOUR POOL
  • Keep water in the pool. You can lower the level, but no more than 2 feet.
  • Add extra chlorine to prevent contamination.
  • Do not put pool furniture into the pool - it will damage the pool.
  • Turn off the power to the pool equipment.
  • Remove the pool pump and store indoors OR wrap the motor in a plastic material and secure with
    tape or rope.

GENERATOR SAFETY

Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric power is needed, but they also can be hazardous. Carbon monoxide poisoning, electric shock and fire are primary causes of injury and death stemming from electrical generator use each year. This storm season, use generators safely by following these simple tips:
  • Never use a generator in enclosed spaces; it emits deadly carbon monoxide fumes.
  • Use only heavy-duty, outdoor extension cords to plug appliances directly into generator.
  • Never plug a generator into a wall outlet; this can cause fatal electrocution to utility workers trying to
    repair lines.
  • Keep generator dry by setting it on a covered, elevated surface (i.e., canopy-like structures).
  • Never store fuel for your generator in your home; invisible vapors may catch fire.
  • Read all operating instructions and manufacturer warnings before using the equipment.
  • If connecting a generator to your home electrical system, a qualified electrician is required to install an emergency power transfer system.
  • Before refueling the generator, turn it off and allow it to cool to avoid fire.
  • If you feel sick, dizzy or weak while one is running, seek fresh air and call 9-1-1 immediately.
Install carbon monoxide alarms in your home to warn you of any harmful fumes which may have seeped in from outside.
SCHOOL INFORMATION
TV & Radio media are the primary vehicle through which Broward County public school information is provided to residents. Information will be posted on their web site at www.browardschools.com when possible before and after a hurricane. Call the districts rumor control Hotline at 754-321-0321 for updated, recorded information.
All schools have individual safety plans that detail what action(s) are to be taken in the event of an emergency/crisis situation. These plans include procedures to respond to critical incidents, such as fire, gas leaks and bad weather (i.e. tornado, hurricane, etc.) Schools practice these drills regularly and the plans have been shared with the Broward Sheriff's Office and other law enforcement agencies to assist them in the event an emergency response is needed at a particular location.