Hurricane Dorian Information

TWO DIFFERENT FORECASTS FROM THE SAME SOURCE: Navy Graphic differs from NHC…. Significantly. Florida sill at risk…..

Navy Chart

City of Coral Springs has a great website link click here for Hurricane Inforamation on preparing.

National Hurricane Center Click Here. – they call the race as it is happening.

US NAVY TROPICAL STORM SITE CLICK HERE. – They use the NHC but they have better prediction and more realistic regarding where the storm will hit. – has a consolidate lints of all kinds of stuff to confuse you.

Current Satellite Image

For the city of Coral Springs 911 dispatch radio scanner click on the link at the left hand side of this page.

Some information to prepare for a hurricane:


Two closest primary shelters for Coral Springs
Monarch High School,
5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek

Coral Glades High School,
2700 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs

Some advice on being prepared for this weekend.

Water :

Many people believe they need to stock up on supplies when a Hurricane approaches. You should have at least 5 days worth of food, but there is no need to stock up on bottled water. The city has a pretty good secure water treatment plant using wells that are 180 feet below the surface in the Biscayne Aquifer. Between us and the water are layers of sand and rock, and there is no surface exposed part of this system. The city has an independent generator system which in the 50 years of the existence , never has failed during any hurricane or storm. The pressure of the water is good and there really is no reason to get too excited about not having any water. However the sewage pumps in this city are near ground level and although have generators, they could fail… leaving us with an interesting delima. Water Yes – but be careful in using that toilet 🙂

If you are going to stock up on water, you need about 1/2 gallon per person per day. I would recommended 5 gallons of water per person in your home. If you have 5 gallon containers, you can fill them from the tap. This water should last at least 10 days without having to treat it as long as the containers you use are clean and not contaminated.

Freezer / Refrigerator

If there is power failure, The freezer and refrigerator will stop the cooling process. However, both appliances have the ability to maintain an acceptable temperature as long as you do not open and close it too many times.

If your freezer is half full, and you do not open it, the food inside should remain frozen for 2 days if it is full and 1 day if it is half full. I recommended taking the water bottles you purchased for drinking, and place them in the freezer prior to the storm hitting. Fill up the freezer to the max, and let the bottles freeze. If you lose power, and do not open the freezer, you can get at least 3-5 days of food preservation as long as you do not open it more than 1 time per day. Your refrigerator should be good for at least a day but do not let the temperature rise above 40 degrees.

From several sources:

  • Fruits: Refreeze fruits if they taste and smell OK.
  • Frozen Dinners: Do not refreeze frozen dinners.
  • Vegetables: Do not refreeze thawed vegetables, These can be very toxic once the bacteria multiply.
  • Meat and Poultry: Meat and poultry become unsafe to eat when they start to spoil. They will smell. Throw out if the freezer temperature has exceeded 45 degrees F for two hours or longer. Discard all stuffed poultry.
  • Fish and Shellfish: They are extremely perishable. Do not re-freeze unless ice crystals remain throughout the package. Seafood that’s spoiled doesn’t necessarily have an offensive odor.
  • Ice Cream: Do not refreeze melted ice cream.

Cell Phones :

Make sure you charge them up before the storm. If the power fails, you need to use your cell phones sparingly. If any of the towers go out locally, you may be using a distant tower. This will consume a lot of energy since you phone will need to transmit at a higher power level. I would recommend keeping you cell phone off, and turning it on every 3 hours , send off text messages, and you will receive them as well, and then turn off the phone. DO NOT MAKE PHONE CALLS if you do not have to. DO NOT USE THE INTERNET if you do not have to. In both of these cases, the power draw will be extensive, and if your power is out, there will be no way to charge them. Try to do text blasting, sending one text message to several people. Tell them you will be up again in a few hours and then turn it off and conserve the battery. Your phone will last at least 1 week without charging by doing it this way.

Swimming Pool , Canal flooding.

There is no reason to lower the level of your swimming pool. I know some of you are concerned that it may overflow into your house, but trust me. If that will be the case the entire city needs to be underwater. Lowering your swimming pool before the storm does not do anything. Some people say that the city lowers the canals so why not the pool? The canal system is part of the drainage system of the city, your swimming pool is not. The city’s system is closed, that is, there is no direct connection between the canals of the city and those of the florida water management canal servicing our area ( C14) the everglades to the ocean. The City has massive water pumps that take the water out of the canals and pump them into C14 canal that goes to the ocean.


Coral Springs is high land when looking at possible flooding here. The average elevation of your slab is 12 – 16 feet above sea level. The beach 20 miles away is at sea level ) 0 feet. Even global warming cannot get the sea to rise 16 feet !

However the greatest danger to flooding is not the rain or the sea, it is the everglades behind us. There is a massive levy that runs along the sawgrass expressway in our area. This levy was built by the Army Corps of Engineers between 1952 and 1954, and is part of the more than 100 miles of levy that extends from Palm Beach to Homestead. It is the same design as the levees that failed in Louisiana several years ago during Hurricane Katrina.


Accreditation of Broward Portion of East Coast Protective Levee:
Documenting effective flood protection for Federal Emergency
Management Agency flood map modernization

The East Coast Protective Levee stretches for more than 100 miles from
the Homestead area north to the eastern shore of Lake Okeechobee near the
St. Lucie Canal. It was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the
early 1950s to provide flood protection and retain water in three Water
Conservation Areas, sections of Everglades wetlands in western Miami-Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach counties.
After completion of the levee, ownership was transferred to the South
Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), which has actively managed its
operation and maintenance for approximately 60 years. The Corps inspects the
levee semiannually. It is recognized on current Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA) maps as an accredited levee that provides protection from a
flood that has a 1 percent chance of happening in any given year.
Based on recommendations resulting from recent inspections by the
Corps, the District has completed maintenance work on portions of the levee,
including construction of gravel-filled ring dikes and removal of vegetation.

What the above means is the same standard that the Army Corps of Engineers used to protect the city of New Orleans from a flood that has a 1% chance of happening in any given year, is the same standard used to build the levee protecting all of us. A super rain event happening in the everglades due to a hurricane over a large part of the everglades would be that type of event .

Taping the Windows.

If you have not done the right thing and purchased hurricane shutters or hurricane glass, then adding tape will do absolutely no good. Don’t bother buying it, and make sure you go to the city shelters if the predicted winds are hurricane strength.

Two closest primary shelters for Coral SpringsMonarch High School,
5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek

Coral Glades High School,
2700 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs


Check around your property for any lose debris that may fly up during the high winds. Remove or tie down lawn and patio furniture. If the hurricane hits our area, this stuff will be smashing into you house or mine. Tie down whatever you can. Turn over tables Upside down so they are not acting as sails in the wind.

Filling up your car with Gas

I never quite understand why there is such a rush to wait in line to fill up your car with gasoline. I think it is because people panic and they need to do something. Where are you going to go ? If the storm is so bad that you need to get out after the storm, chances are you can’t go anywhere with all of the trees blocking the roadways, In fact, act you should STAY PUT. If you have 1/2 a tank of gas in your car, save yourself the misery of waiting in line to fill er’ up. There really is no reason to do so. If you have a gas generator, then fill up a few containers for that purpose. Some people think they can simply siphon the gas out of the car to fill up their generators. That is an idea out of the 50’s since all cars built in our times have a device that blocks the ability to siphon gas out of the gas tank -a feature preventing people from stealing you gasoline -It went into effect when gasoline was 30 cents a gallon.

How big of a generator do I need to buy ?

It’s important to note that the bigger the generator the more it gulps gasoline. If you do not have a whole house generator connected to its own 500 gallon propane tank, then all you really need is a generator for 1500 watt circuit, to connect your refrigerator and freezer, as well as some lighting. A 2 KW generator should suffice and it will be quite efficient. consuming only 1 1/2 gallon of gas in 8 hours. Do not buy those larger generators as it will do you no good. A 4000 watt generator will consume 8 gallons of gas in 8 hours, compared to 2 of the 2 000 watt more efficient generators which would use only 3 gallons during the same period. The newer small portables even have a cable that you connect both together to allow you to synchronize them in case you want to draw 4000 watts,

To save on gasoline, you do not need to run the generator continuously for your refrigerator or freezer. A good 8 hours a day should do it as long as you do not open the refrigerator or freezer too much. Inbetween you can always run it for your coffee maker or microwave oven.


Author: HelpMeHoward