Before & After Irma: What You Need to Know


As of this posting, Hurricane Irma is currently a Category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. IT IS CRITICAL TO PREPARE NOW!  Please do not wait to get your supplies – get gas, water, batteries, dry and canned foods, first aid kits, plastic bags and coverings. Two good guides are Sun Sentinel’s Hurricane Guide located at this link as well as Broward County’s Hurricane Guide available for download here (click here).

If you are in need of hurricane shutters for your home,

please call the Habitat Broward ReStore at (954) 763-7771 to inquire if shutters are still available.


A great way to stay in communication after the storm is the smartphone app Zello. The app can be used as a walkie-talkie in the event of an emergency. Many people in Houston used it after Hurricane Harvey and were rescued because of the app.

You can download Zello to your smartphone and/or tablet from the iTunes Store here or from Google Play for the Android app here

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Please remember that Habitat for Humanity of Broward is not a disaster relief organization. We are not equipped to provide relief or repair services post-hurricanes.

If you are immediately available to volunteer after Hurricane Irma, please report to HandsOn Broward at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, September 12th – location: 5815 N. Andrews Way, Suite A, Fort Lauderdale, FL (right off the Tri-Rail station at Cypress Creek and I-95). For more detailed information about volunteer opportunities and what to wear, bring, etc. please visit HandsOn Broward’s Disaster Resources page here.

Broward County’s Home Damage As­sessment program enables residents to assist in quickly identifying areas of devastation, even before damage assessment teams are able to canvass the County. It’s easy and a great ser­vice to the community!

The Home Damage Assessment Program asks residents to report hurricane damage to their home as soon as it is safe to go outside. Here’s how it works:

  • When it is safe to go outside, survey the damage to your home and com­pare your home to the five Home Damage Assessment photos.
  • Select the photo that best represents the condition of you home for dam­age and/or flood level. It doesn’t matter if you live in a single family home, condo, townhouse, apart­ment, duplex or mobile home.

To report, call 311, or visit and select Report Home Damage, or visit  on your mobile device.

Should you be in need of repair services for your home after Hurricane Irma, please call your insurance company and/or contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) per the instructions at this link

We hope everyone remains safe and secure during and after the storm.