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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get pre-storm information? 

The City of Plantation has a variety of way to communicate pre-storm information to help you be better informed and well prepared:

  • Plantation.org
    Visit the City’s website, Plantation.org for information on how to plan for a severe weather emergency, including drafting a plan and hurricane kit checklists.  You’ll also find general information on the types of weather emergencies you may experience in South Florida, what happens after a storm passes, and debris removal guidelines.
  • Facebook
    “Like” the official City of Plantation page, the Plantation Fire Department, and Plantation Public Works & Utilities.
  • Twitter
    Follow the City, the Fire department, and the Police department on Twitter @plantationFLA, and @plantationfire, and @plantationpd.
  • Everbridge Alerts
    Our newest resident notification system!  Receive emergency notifications that affect our community via text, email, Twitter, and more.  Visit Plantation.org to register.
  • Plantation Radio WQFL 1620 AM
    For City-specific information on severe weather updates, listen to Plantation Radio, WQFL 1620 AM.  Keep in mind that, for those of you who are in the area, the radio station may be the most reliable method of receiving information.
  • Ask City Hall
    For answers to most City-related questions, problems or concerns, please use our official City email address, Askcityhall@Plantation.org.

What are the City’s plans for post-storm debris removal? 

  • Hurricane debris removal – PUBLIC ROADWAYS:
    Immediately after a storm passes, City crews will begin by pushing debris out of public roadways to make way for emergency vehicles and other traffic.  Next steps include removing debris from alongside public roadways, removing stumps and repairing sidewalks, removing “hangers and leaners” from trees, and finally removing downed trees from waterways.
  • Hurricane debris removal – PRIVATE ROADWAYS:
    The determination as to whether debris will be picked up on private roadways and streets is made by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) on an event-by-event basis.  Previous debris removal approval does not apply to any future Federal Declared Disasters.
  • It is an individual’s or HOA’s prerogative to hire a company to remove landscape material. However, should a community determine the need to hire a private contractor, the City will not be able to obtain reimbursement for the community, and the City will not be responsible for any costs associated with the debris removal or disposal fees.  Additionally, the debris cannot be dumped in the public right of way for the city to collect and cannot be disposed of at the City’s horticulture recycling center.

When will my debris be picked up? 

All debris needs to be placed in the swale, not on sidewalks or streets.  Debris removal will begin as soon as haulers arrive in the area.  There will be several pass throughs in neighborhoods.  Residents need to be patient, as the severity of the storm and the amount of debris will affect the debris pickup timeline.

There is damage to my grass due to the debris sitting on it or from equipment that picked it up.

Your grass may experience some “browning” if your hurricane debris sat on your swale for a prolonged period of time and prevented exposure to the sun and water.  This is usually a temporary situation that should improve once the debris is removed.  However, the City is not responsible for these types of repairs to your swale.  There may also be some incidental damage to the soil/sod when the equipment picks up the storm debris. These types of minor damages will also not be repaired by the City or the contractor.  The City does not have a “sod list.”

What about regular trash removal and bulk pickup service?

Residential and commercial/multi-family solid waste and recycling collections will be suspended as soon as a Hurricane Watch has been posted.  Bulk pickup will be suspended one week prior to an anticipated Hurricane Watch.

What if I suspect price “gouging?” 

Report unlawful price increases (price “gouging”) by calling 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226).

Is Plantation in an evacuation zone?

There is typically either a voluntary or mandatory (depending upon the severity of the storm) evacuation order for all residents in mobile homes or manufactured homes once a Hurricane Warning has been issued. However, residents living in mobile homes or low-lying areas should consider evacuating earlier to avoid excessive traffic congestion.

How do I find out about shelters?

Emergency shelters are run by Broward County.  Complete information, including what to bring, pet shelters, and special needs shelters can be found at Broward.org.  (link to: http://www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/EvacuationShelterInformation.aspx)

Does the City provide sand bags to prevent flooding? 

The City does not provide sand bags.

Will the City be spraying for mosquitos?  We have a lot of standing water in some areas.
Mosquito spraying is a service provided by the County.  The City has already contacted the County and placed Plantation on the County’s “spray list” for mosquitos.  For questions, you may call Broward County at 954-765-4062.

Where can I go for more information? 

Broward County:  Broward.org, 954-831-4000
FEMA:  FEMA.gov, 1-800-621-3362
Small Business Association:  SBA.gov, 800-827-5722
SBA Disaster Loans:  800-659-2955

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