Hurricane Irma

For Immediate Release


FORT LAUDERDALE, FL September 6, 2017 – Based on the severity of the impending storm (Hurricane Irma) and to ensure safety for all, the Urban League of Broward County offices will be closed on Thursday, September 7, 2017, until it can safely regain access.

The National Hurricane Center has indicated that Hurricane Irma has maintained its trajectory and Category 5 (five) status. The Urban League will take all appropriate measures to ensure public safety before resuming operations. “Protocols have already begun to ensure the safety and well-being of our community, staff and property in preparation of Hurricane Irma,” said Urban League President and CEO, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those in the pathway of Irma as the hurricane makes landfall. Be safe. God’s blessings.”

For updates on Hurricane Irma, residents are encouraged to monitor local news stations, subscribe to AlertBroward – an emergency notification system for Broward County residents – or download the free FEMA mobile application for real-time weather updates, traffic and flood conditions, shelter openings and evacuation listings. It also includes information about what to include in emergency kits and where to report power outages in Florida. The FEMA mobile app provides National Weather Service alerts, safety reminders, locations of shelters and where to talk to FEMA in person. Users can also upload and share disaster photos to help first responders.

Please be advised of the following in the meantime:

  • Those experiencing life-threatening emergencies should call 9-1-1.
  • All scheduled programs and events at the Urban League have been postponed until further notice.
  • Daily updates will be published on the Urban League of Broward County’s social media accounts including Facebook (ulbroward) and Twitter (@ulbroward) as well as the Urban League’s main phone number at 954-584-0777.
  • For a list of local evacuation sites, please visit
  • The Urban League will collaborate with emergency response agencies to provide information about disaster recovery assistance that may be available after the storm passes.
  • Residents can download the FPL Mobile App to report or check the status of an outage.


About Urban League of Broward County

The Urban League of Broward County is a not for profit organization founded to empower communities and change lives. Our mission is to secure economic self-reliance,  parity, power and civil rights. Our “Breaking the Cycle” programs uplift more than 9,000 people every year through affordable housing initiatives, youth development, and diversion, employment and training, community empowerment, and civic engagement. Learn more about the Urban League of Broward County by visiting: