Be Prepared for Hurricane Irma

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With Hurricane Irma swirling in the Atlantic, we will be keeping a close eye on its projected path over the next 24-48 hours. The National Hurricane Center's latest advisory states that "Irma is an extremely impressive hurricane... the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic basin outside of the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico in the NHC records."

“The chance of direct impacts from Irma later this week and this weekend is increasing in the Florida Keys and portions of the Florida Peninsula. However, it is too soon to specify the timing and magnitude of the impacts.... Everyone in hurricane-prone areas should ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place.”
— NOAA's National Hurricane Center, Sept. 5

Regarding early dismissals or school closures, Bethany will follow the guidance of the Broward County Public Schools. If we find that the county is slow in reaching a decision, we may preempt them and move forward with plans to cancel school. Our emergency contact system will be used to provide pertinent information for closing and reopening times and dates.  Please check our website (www.bcsftl.org) or local media outlets, and make sure that your contact information is accurate and up-to-date.  

The 2017 Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Guide offers many helpful suggestions and resources. Print a physical copy of the guide, and review its pages for helpful information on how to prepare for a storm.  As the likelihood of landfall increases, basic supplies will fly off the shelves and become increasingly scarce. So purchase basic supplies (like batteries, water, lanterns, personal hygiene items, non-perishable food, etc.) in advance. Also, it's a good idea to keep your car's gas tank filled, as gas stations routinely run out of gasoline in the days leading up to a storm.