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Tuesday, September 3: Tropical Storm Watch lifted in Broward

Good afternoon, Sunrise Family members,
We hope that this email finds you well and that you and your families are safe! At this time, Hurricane Dorian is moving northwest off of the coast of Florida and the Tropical Storm Watch has been lifted for Broward County. Our Emergency Operations team has been working tirelessly to ensure the highest level of safety for all City of Sunrise stakeholders.

The City of Sunrise will reopen for normal operations tomorrow, Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Be advised that all employees will be required to report back for duty tomorrow.

Please report at your normal time and location tomorrow, unless your supervisor has instructed you otherwise. In addition, Department Directors may request that certain individuals report to work today to prepare the workplace for normal operations on Wednesday morning. Police Department Personnel should call 954-746-3610 for updates. Fire Department Personnel should call 954-746-3418.

The following Broward County services will also be open tomorrow, September 4, 2019:
  • Broward County Schools
  • Broward County Courts
  • Broward County Transit & TOPS paratransit will resume today at noon. Express service will resume tomorrow
As a reminder, all employees who worked to prepare for the storm or to demobilize, must complete the ICS 214 Form, and provide it to your department liaison. This is critical to ensure that all employees are compensated correctly and for Hurricane documentation for FEMA purposes.

Thank you, Sunrise Family, for your collaboration and cooperation throughout this time!! We could not have done it without each of you!!


Monday, September 2: Sunrise Remains Under Tropical Storm Watch
Good afternoon, Sunrise Family Members,
The City is prepared and continues to keep a watchful eye on Hurricane Dorian. The City is still under a Tropical Storm Watch due to the potential for high winds in the area, and will remain closed for normal operations on Tuesday, September 3rd. We anticipate updating the employee hotline no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday to confirm that the City will resume normal operations on Wednesday. If we are advised that there is no longer a threat of high winds or unsafe conditions on Tuesday, Department Directors may request that certain individuals report to work on Tuesday to prepare the workplace for normal operations on Wednesday.

Please continue your preparation efforts: safeguard your home, finalize your family communication plan, and stock enough food and supplies – including necessary medicines and pet supplies – to last seven days. Regardless of the storm’s track, parts of Broward County are expected to lose power due to strong winds and excessive rainfall. You should continue to prepare for extended power outages. For information about emergency shelters and other Broward County resources, please visit www.broward.org/hurricane.

Following the storm, City staff will conduct a rapid assessment of the City to include City facilities and areas to determine which locations are safe for return to work. If there are any changes in work areas, or reporting locations, we will advise on the City of Sunrise Employee Hotline (954-746-3540) and on this webpage. Please be sure to remain in close contact with your supervisor to receive information relating to specific details concerning your department’s emergency operations. Police Department Personnel should call 954-746-3610 for updates. Fire Department Personnel should call 954-746-3418.

As a reminder, all employees who worked to prepare for the storm and who are working from this point forward, must complete the ICS 214 Form. This is critical to ensure that all employees are compensated correctly and for Hurricane documentation for FEMA purposes.


Sunday, September 1: Sunrise Under Tropical Storm Watch 

Hello, Sunrise Family Members,
The City is prepared and continues to keep a watchful eye on Hurricane Dorian. At 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 1, the National Hurricane Center issued a Tropical Storm Watch for inland portions of Broward County – including the City of Sunrise. This means that tropical storm winds (39mph to 73mph) are possible in our area within 48 hours. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for eastern coastal communities in South and Central Florida. Please continue to monitor the storm and prepare your family for the coming days. Tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian’s feeder bands could arrive as early as 8:00 p.m. tonight. Please complete your preparation efforts as soon as possible: safeguard your home, finalize your family communication plan, and stock enough food and supplies – including necessary medicines and pet supplies – to last seven days. Regardless of the storm’s track, parts of Broward County are expected to lose power due to strong winds and excessive rainfall. You should continue to prepare for extended power outages. For information about emergency shelters and other Broward County resources, please visit www.broward.org/hurricane.

As you know, City Hall is closed on Monday, September 2nd (for Labor Day). We will continue to assess the situation to determine when the City will reopen. Please be prepared to return to work on Tuesday, September 3rd; however, understand that depending on the impact of the storm, this may not be possible. We will send an update no later than 4 pm on Monday, September 2, to advise as to whether we will open on Tuesday.

We have been advised that Broward County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd (in addition to Labor Day).

Following the storm, City staff will conduct a rapid assessment of the City to include City facilities and areas to determine which locations are safe for return to work. If there are any changes in work areas, or reporting locations, we will advise on the City of Sunrise Employee Hotline 954-746-3540 and on this webpage. Please be sure to remain in close contact with your supervisor to receive information relating to specific details concerning your department’s emergency operations. Police Department Personnel should call 954-746-3610 for updates.

As a reminder, all employees who worked to prepare for the storm and who are working from this point forward, must complete the ICS 214 Form. This is critical to ensure that all employees are compensated correctly and for Hurricane documentation for FEMA purposes.


Friday, August 30th

Good morning, City of Sunrise Family Members,

The storm appears to have shifted further south as of this morning, which makes landfall in Broward more of a potential reality. Please continue to monitor the storm and prepare your family for the coming days. Check the City of Sunrise Employee Hotline at 954-746-3540 or this webpage for any additional information concerning City operations. For information about emergency shelters and other Broward County resources, please visit www.broward.org/hurricane. Police Department Personnel are to call 954-746-3610 for updates.

As you know, City Hall is closed today, August 30th and closed on Monday, September 2nd (for Labor Day). We will continue to assess the situation to determine when the City will reopen. Please be prepared to return to work on Tuesday, September 3rd; however, understand that depending on the path and speed of Dorian, this may not be possible.

Following the storm, City staff will conduct a rapid assessment of the City to include City facilities and work areas to determine which locations are safe to return to. If there are any changes in work areas, or reporting locations, we will advise on the City of Sunrise Employee Hotline 954-746-3540 and on this webpage. Please be sure to remain in close contact with your supervisor to receive information relating to specific details concerning your department’s emergency operations.

All employees who worked yesterday (August 29th) in preparation for the storm and who are working from this point forward must complete the ICS 214 Form to account for your time. This is critical to ensure that all employees are compensated correctly and for Hurricane documentation for FEMA purposes.

NHC Hurricane Dorian storm track advisory, dated 8-30-19 at 8am


Thursday, August 29th
We are closely monitoring the forecast of Hurricane Dorian and the potential impacts to our City. This storm is a significant threat to all South Florida and we urge you to prepare your home, obtain sufficient supplies, and ensure the safety of your family as soon as possible. We will continue to update you as the storm draws closer; however, please continue to monitor the City of Sunrise Employee Hotline at 954-746-3540 or check this webpage for any additional information concerning City operations.  
Now is the time to be preparing for the storm. This includes preparation for yourself, your family, and your work areas. For your safety at home, please secure any outdoor debris, bring loose items indoors, and refrain from placing any bulk trash at the curb until after the storm. For information about emergency shelters and other Broward County resources, please visit www.broward.org/hurricane.

We will continue to assess the situation as the storm draws closer to determine whether any City services will be suspended and/or facilities closed. We will keep you informed as preparations progress. Above all else, stay safe.

Directors/Supervisors - Finalize all pre-storm preparation activities for your Department, including fueling all City vehicles and equipment. Update all employee contact information and ensure that you have a plan to contact employees following the storm. Obtain sufficient supplies to secure and cover office equipment for your City facilities.

Essential Employees - Contact your supervisor as soon as possible. Identify your emergency preparedness tasks and verify your Department work schedule for the next several days. Any questions or concerns should be addressed and resolved now.

Non-Essential Employees - Updated information regarding citywide operations will be made available via the City of Sunrise Employee Hotline at 954-746-3540 and on this webpage. Please be sure to remain in close contact with your supervisor to receive information relating to specific details concerning your department’s emergency operations.

Preparing Your Office Work Area Prior to the Storm - In preparation for the impending hurricane, please follow the checklist below to ensure that your office equipment and work files are properly secured once the City determines if/when it will close.
  • Please address all IT related questions or concerns to the Service Desk at 954-746-3420.
  • Save files on network, not on C: drive
  • Power off all equipment (e.g. PC, Monitor, Printer, Telephone, Battery backup). If accessible, UNPLUG battery backup and power strips from the wall
  • Move all equipment away from windows
  • Move all equipment from the floor. (***Note: be careful if disconnecting, leave cables in place and label for easier reconnection***)
  • Cover all equipment, including printers and telephones with plastic garbage bags and secure tightly
  • If taking laptop/tablet home, test VPN, password and access to applications
After the Storm - Please call the City of Sunrise Employee Hotline at 954-746-3540 or check this webpage to find out when the City will resume normal operations. You are also encouraged to remain in contact with your co-workers and your supervisor following the storm.
Last updated: 9/3/2019 1:07:45 PM