The City of Hallandale Beach is finalizing the recovery efforts from Hurricane Irma. Below is a final bulletin update from staff:
FPL continues to bring service back to homes and businesses. Residents may contact FPL directly at 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) directly or visit https://www.fplmaps.com, to check on the status of power outages.
Police personnel are returning to normal operations and scheduled hours. If anyone has an emergency they may call 911 or for non-emergencies, they may call 954-457-1400.
Nearly all traffic signals have come online. Please treat all non-working traffic signals as a four-way stop. Traffic signals flashing red are to be treated as a stop sign. Flashing yellow traffic signals mean you may proceed slowly with caution. Again, please be courteous and cautious.
The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be demobilizing at close of business (5pm) today. Once the EOC demobilizes callers may contact the individual Departments within the City for their concern(s).
The Finance Department is waiving late fees and shutoffs for the water bills until the end of September.
Crews continue to pick up vegetative storm debris across all areas of the City. Starting tomorrow, our private contractor will supplement City pickup crews. Vegetative storm debris (tree limbs, leaves, branches) can be placed in the right-of way in front of your property, not on the pavement as that will impede ongoing restoration activities. We ask for residents not to bag the vegetative storm debris. Any debris placed within bags will not be picked up.
Please keep the vegetative debris in a separate pile from all other wastes. Also, please keep the storm drains clear of storm debris. Non-vegetative storm debris (roofing materials, boards and construction material) must be kept in your yard and will be picked up later. A new post will be made as soon as we learn the exact dates and schedule for picking up non-vegetative hurricane debris. When we begin picking up the non-vegetative debris, customers will need to move it to the swale.
Residents are encouraged to review Broward County Environmental Debris Resource sheet available at: www.cohb.org/irmaenvironmental. This document describes emergency environmental authorizations allowed for damage(s) caused by Hurricane Irma.
Fees have been waived for permits for emergency small repairs related to storm damage. For more information, visit www.cohb.org/emergencyrepair.
Parks and Recreation
The Department of Parks and Recreation has been cleaning all Parks to have them back in service promptly. Please see latest detailed status attached.
Individuals that may need assistance are encouraged to review the Individual Assistance document available in this link www.cohb.org/FEMAindividualassistance. For more information, you may visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-FEMA (3362).
General Health and Welfare
Florida has several agencies to assist people in need of medical attention. To learn more, call the Department of Health at 850-245-4444 or online at http://www.floridahealth.gov/. A statewide food bank database can be found at www.foodpantries.org/st/florida .
U.S. Small Business Disaster Assistance Programs
After registering with FEMA, businesses and homeowners that would like to apply for SBA loans can do so online at:http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/loans-grants/small-business-loans/disaster-loans.
IRS has a special toll-free number 866-562-5227 for taxpayers with questions in federally-declared disaster areas.
Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program: Administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) in partnership with the Florida SBDC Network and Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC), the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan helps businesses bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term Small Business Administration loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program. To Apply for a Bridge Loan, visit www.floridadisasterloan.org for more information and to apply for the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan program.
Red Flags for Unlicensed Contractors
The Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) advises that contractors travel from out of state to a disaster area and take advantage of the large amount of repair work to be done. Red flags that could indicate activity from an unlicensed contractor include:
• Demanding full payment upfront.
• Lack of a Written Contract.
• Soliciting door-to-door.
• Advertising without a Florida license number.
• Requesting cash only.
• Using high pressure sales tactics.
For more information or resources, contact DBPR at 850.487.1395 and find more information at www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr.
When in Doubt, Throw it Out: The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone that it is important to take precautions to ensure food safety in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The risk of food poisoning is heightened when refrigerators and ovens are inoperable. Discard any food that has been at room temperature for two hours or more, and any food that has an unusual odor, color or texture. Just remember - When in doubt, throw it out!
As the City of Hallandale Beach returns to normal, we appreciate the cooperation of our residents and businesses. We are fully committed to the full recovery of the City. We encourage the public to follow our social media channels for the latest updates.
Roger M. Carlton
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