Resources for Businesses

City of Coral Springs Emergency Hotline: 954-344-5772

City of Coconut Creek Emergency Helpline: 954-973-6771

Broward County Helpline & Call Center: 311

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!” – Benjamin Franklin

According to FEMA almost 40% of small businesses never re-open their doors following a disaster with another 25 percent failing within one year. Many don’t realize the substantial costs associated with recovery and the gaps which may exist between insurance and available disaster assistance. The information on this page provides a starting point from which your business can build a more resilient operation. In many cases, being aware of available resources and planning for service disruption can make the difference between a successful recovery and losing it all. Don’t be a statistic, review these resources and get started on your business continuity plan.

As your communities prepare for Hurricane Dorian, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has resources to help your chamber and your members to prepare and recover.

First, I encourage you to read this blog post, How to Prepare Your Business for Hurricane Dorian, which outlines the practical steps your chamber and members can take this week ahead of Dorian making landfall.

Please utilize these services and share these with impacted businesses. Encourage any of them to call our Disaster Help Desk at 1-888-692-4943. Unfortunately we can only provide the direct support in English, but want to provide regardless.

  • Disaster Help Desk for Business—Businesses and chambers can call 1-888-My-Biz-Help (888-692-4943) for direct support from disaster recovery experts.
  • Resilience in a Box—Resource guide based on best practices designed to help educate business leaders on disaster preparedness and business resilience. This tool is available in Spanish as well and includes a Top 20 Tips that businesses can do now in advance of the storm.
  • Disaster Recovery Quick Guidesmade possible by Shell, has tailored tips in English for small businesses and chambers looking to prepare and recover.

In addition to sharing the number for the Disaster Help Desk for Business, we also encourage you to connect directly with Ines Pearce who leads the support for the Help Desk. We respectfully request (as possible) that as your recovery unfolds – please keep us in the loop as to the number of businesses impacted and any needs so we can act quickly in determining how to support your efforts, and to assist you with economic recovery, if needed. Any additional information is much appreciated.

The Chamber Foundation is here to support your community. If you need additional support or have questions, please let us know or reach out to the Disaster Help Desk directly at 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP (888-692-4943).

SBA Resources:
https://www.sba.gov/managing-business/running-business/emergency-preparedness/disaster-assistance

Cyber Security:
http://www.secureflorida.org/businessafe 

Insurance Info:
http://www.insuringflorida.org/category/business/

Tips for Planning:
https://www.ready.gov/business

Create your plan:
http://www.floridadisaster.org/getaplan/ 

Info for Fire:

https://productdiggers.com/hurricane-safety-guide/

Additional Resources

Two closest primary shelters for Coral Springs

Monarch High School,
5050 Wiles Road, Coconut Creek

Coral Glades High School,
2700 Sportsplex Drive, Coral Springs
The American Red Cross is responsible for opening this and other shelters as need demands. Shelters and other programs may open in phases and residents will need to monitor local media for information.

It is important to note that Coral Springs is not considered an evacuation area.

Evacuation and Shelter Information in Broward County:

Pet Shelter: Pet-friendly Hurricane Shelter

Millennium Middle School, 5803 N.W. 94th Avenue, Tamarac
Those wanting to use the shelter during an emergency must pre-register because of space limitations.
Humane Society of Broward County’s Pet Hurricane Hotline: 954-266-6871

Pre-registration must be done in person at the Humane Society of Broward, 2070 Griffin Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 or call for more information at 954-989-3977. Click here to visit their site for more hurricane information for your pets.

Owners are required to show proof that they reside in a County evacuation zone and that their pets have up-to-date vaccinations, including a rabies shot.

Special Needs Shelter/Emergency Transportation Program
Pre-Register with Broward County's Vulnerable Population Registry. This registry allows people who are disabled, frail or have health issues to register in advance with their city so that emergency workers may plan a better response to vulnerable residents in a recovery effort following a hurricane or other emergency.

Pre-register for evacuation transportation, if you think you may need it. As with shelter registration, you are not obligated to take advantage of the service if your plans change. To pre-register, call Broward County Emergency Management at 954-831-3902 (TTY 954-831-3940) or complete the registration form online.