The City of Sunrise is here to help meet your needs before, during, and after a storm. In order to operate with maximum effectiveness, we need your support! Please take the necessary steps to prepare your family and your home for hurricane season - which runs from June 1 through November 30 each year.
Create (and Practice) a Household Disaster Plan
If you need to leave your home, where will you go – and how will you keep in touch? Maintain an up-to-date list of contact information and share it with family members and friends. Visit www.ready.gov/hurricanes
to print and customize a Family Emergency Communication Plan.
Assemble an Emergency Kit
If a storm hits, you may need to survive independently for several days. Prepare now by placing your family’s necessities in plastic bins or bags that will keep them dry (and portable). According to Ready.gov
(and its Spanish-language counterpart, Listo.gov
), a basic emergency kit could contain:
- Water – one gallon per person per day for seven days
- Food – at least a seven-day supply of non-perishable items
- First aid kit and any prescription medicine required by family members
- Manual can opener and disposable cups, plates, and utensils
- Personal hygiene items
- Flashlights and extra batteries
- Radio (battery-powered or hand-crank)
- Cell phone with chargers and backup batteries
- Cash or traveler’s checks
- Copies of important documents – such as birth certificates and insurance policies
Make sure you consider the special needs of infants, the elderly, and household pets, too! Visit www.broward.org/hurricane
for a Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide.
You have access to a wide range of information when a storm threatens. Tune in to local news and social media to find the latest information. Bookmark, like and follow these digital resources:
Sunrise also uses CodeRED
, a notification system, to alert residents in the event of a hurricane, boil water order, or other emergency. Visit our Sunrise CodeRED
registration page to sign up now. It's simple to do online, and you can decide how you want to be reached - by phone, by text, and/or by email.
Make Sure Your Yard is Ready, Too!
Once a hurricane watch or warning has been issued, it’s too late to cut back vegetation and have it safely removed. Any debris that remains at the curb can damage your home – or your neighbor’s home – when the wind picks up. You should examine all trees and other foliage and make arrangements for any necessary tree maintenance. Trees on properties other than single family homes may only be trimmed by contractors that are insured and under the supervision of a licensed tree care professional. Trees on single family homes may be trimmed by a homeowner following Broward County and City of Sunrise tree trimming guidelines. Contractor generated tree trimmings are not eligible for bulk collection and must be removed and disposed of by the contractor. In order to ensure that all licensing requirements have been met, a City of Sunrise Tree Trimming Permit is required.
If a storm warning has been declared, residents should bring loose objects and equipment inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, bicycles, garbage carts) and anchor objects that are unsafe to bring inside (e.g., grills, propane tanks). Do not place tree trimmings, landscaping debris, or other items out for garbage or bulk trash collection just prior to a storm. These services are discontinued prior to and following storm events until it is deemed safe.
Know Who to Call
Need to speak with someone by phone? The City of Sunrise is here to help – along with other organizations and agencies:
Consider Your Options
|You have a life-threatening emergency
|You smell gas and/or have a gas leak
|You need assistance for a non-emergency issue
|You need general City information
||City of Sunrise: Information Desk
||(954) 741-2580 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
|You have questions or concerns about garbage, bulk trash, recycling, or storm debris collection – or questions about your utility bill
||City of Sunrise: Public Service
||(954) 746-3232 Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
|You have loss of water service, flooding, or another water-related emergency to report, or you need assistance with gas service. (If you smell gas or have a gas leak call 911!)
||City of Sunrise: Utilities Dispatch
||(954) 746-3232 weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; (954) 888-6087 or (954) 764-4357 on weekdays after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends
|You need to report a code violation
||City of Sunrise: Code Enforcement
|You have questions about Broward County government services and programs. This number is also a city-by-city information clearinghouse in times of emergency.
||Broward County Call Center
||311 or (954) 831-4000 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Under emergency conditions, this number operates 24 hours a day.
|You need assistance recovering from an emergency
||American Red Cross: Broward County Chapter
|You need federal assistance recovering from an emergency
||Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA): Region IV
|You need to report a power outage, or find out the status of your power restoration
The City of Sunrise is not in a hurricane evacuation zone. This means that healthy, non-vulnerable residents can remain at home during a storm. If you decide to evacuate, your first and best choice is to stay with family or friends (or in a hotel) outside the evacuation area. Your second option is to stay in one of Broward County’s General Population Shelters. Three of them – located at Lyons Creek Middle School (Coconut Creek), Everglades High School (Miramar), and Falcon Cove Middle School (Weston) – are pet friendly. Service animals are permitted in General Population Shelters as long as they meet the requirements under Federal law. Visit www.broward.org/Hurricane/Pages/HurricaneEvacuationMap.aspx
for a list of general population shelters, as well as an evacuation map.
Special Needs Shelters
If you are dependent on electricity for your medical needs, or have a medical condition that requires additional care (but not hospitalization), a Special Needs Shelter may be appropriate for you. These shelters are staffed by medical personnel and have back-up electricity for essential medical equipment. Pre-registration for the Broward County Special Needs Emergency Sheltering and Transportation Program is strongly encouraged. For additional information and to download an application, visit www.broward.org/atrisk/pages/specialneeds.aspx
. Broward County Emergency Management also provides information and assistance by phone: call (954) 831-3902 (or TTY 954-831-3940).
Vulnerable Population Registry
Residents who are at-risk due to frailty or disability – but who decide to stay home during a storm – are encouraged to provide their location and contact information to Broward County’s Vulnerable Population Registry. The registry is not a guarantee of assistance; however, it is a tool that helps the County and municipalities, including Sunrise, better plan for emergencies. To register, visit www.broward.org/atrisk
or call the Broward County Call Center: 311 or (954) 831-4000 (or TTY 954-357-5608).