FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 2, 2021
HURRICANE ELSA UPDATE #1
DAVIE MONITORS HURRICANE ELSA
DAVIE, Fla. - The Town of Davie is currently monitoring Hurricane Elsa. It is still too early to determine what, if any, impacts from Elsa will be felt in South Florida early next week. Residents and visitors are urged to monitor updates to the forecast for Elsa and ensure that hurricane preparedness plans are in place.
At this time, there are no watches or warnings issued for South Florida.
As a proactive measure, the Town's Stormwater Drainage Division continues to inspect and remove debris blocking storm drains in areas prone to flooding. In addition, the Stormwater Division has inspected and cleaned over 2,600 storm drains in the Town within the last year to prevent street flooding and ponding before they occur.
Residents are encouraged to take this time to prepare, review their emergency supply kit, and:
- Create a family disaster plan.
- Have at least one gallon of water per person, per day for three to five days, preferably two weeks. Extra water is needed for food preparation and personal hygiene.
- Enough food for three to five days, including non-perishable packaged or canned food, canned or shelf milk, cereal, etc., ice and snack foods.
- Three-to five-day supply of special items for babies such as formula, food, wipes, diapers; special foods for the elderly; toiletries and extra toilet paper.
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First-aid kit and wet wipes
- Battery-powered radio with extra batteries
- A two-week supply of any medication needed
- Pet food, cat litter, and other pet care items
- Any special personal protective equipment or items you may need.
- Secure loose items, patio furniture, and trash and recycling receptacles.
- For more information, residents are encouraged to visit www.davie-fl.gov/DaviePrepares
Solid Waste Services and Landscaping
- Currently, there are no changes to the bulk and trash services.
- Do not put bulk items out before an approaching storm.
- Residents should refrain from cutting trees or doing additional landscaping projects until after this storm passes.
- Solid/commingled and recyclable materials should be properly secured in a safe, sheltered location.
If you have experienced flooding in your home:
Given the potential rainfall through Monday, flooding is possible in our area. Tips to consider should you experience flooding in your home:
- Stay out of the residence.
- Do not try to pump the water out.
- Let the water go down on its own.
- Stay out of the water – Do not walk into the water for any reason.
- There may be sewage in the water so use good hygiene if you touch the water.
- The Town of Davie does not pump water out of private properties or residences.
- Leave your wet/damaged items in the residence until the event is over and the water subsides.
- For insurance purposes, consider documenting everything that is damaged – make a list and take photos if possible. This is best done once the flooding has stopped and the water has receded.
Avoid Flood Dangers
- Do not walk through, swim or allow children to play in standing water. Puddles and standing water are full of hidden dangers, including snakes and other wildlife, broken glass, and other sharp objects.
- Do not drive through standing water. Your car engine may stall, potentially causing irreparable damage to the engine. The wake from your car may cause additional flooding in nearby homes and other structures. If you come upon a flooded street, take an alternate route. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown. Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
There are multiple ways to register and stay informed about important information from the Town of Davie before, during and after an emergency event:
The Town of Davie is committed to ensuring the safety of all persons and we are calling on you to prepare with us. Knowing your risk, getting prepared, and staying informed are just a few steps you can take.
Leona Henry, Intergovernmental Affairs Manager
Sussette Rodriguez, Public Relations Coordinator
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