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Please be advised that all City facilities and parks will re-open tomorrow, September 4th. Garbage, recycling, bulk pick up, and community bus operations will also resume on their regular schedule.

Thank you for your vigilance and cooperation during this period.

Enjoy your day!



September 3rd, 9:15 AM

Broward County Transit regular fixed route bus service and TOPS paratransit service will resume again at Noon Tuesday, September 3rd.

Express bus service will resume again on Wednesday morning, September 4th.

 

September 2nd, 4:20 PM

CocoALERT Message:


This is a CocoAlert from the City of Coconut Creek. Please be advised that City Hall and City parks will be closed tomorrow, September 3rd. All community bus services are also suspended for tomorrow and all garbage and recycling collection has been suspended for today and tomorrow, and will resume on Wednesday. Please immediately remove any garbage, recycling carts, and bulk items from your curb side.

Frequent hurricane updates are posted on the city’s website (www.coconutcreek.net) and social media platforms. We encourage all Creek residents to remain vigilant and safe.

Thank you. 


September 2nd, 2:25 PM

SHELTERS

Broward County has opened three general population shelters:

Atlantic Technical College/Arthur Ashe Junior Campus, 1701 NW 23rd Ave., Fort Lauderdale
Monarch High School, 5050 Wiles Road in Coconut Creek
Everglades High School, 17100 SW 48th Court, Miramar (PET-FRIENDLY)

The decision to open general population shelters is not a response to any change in the storm track forecast, said County Administrator Bertha Henry. “Shelters are not typically opened in a tropical storm, but it is important for residents who feel uncomfortable remaining in their homes during the height of this very powerful storm to have a shelter option.” While there is no mandatory evacuation order, residents in the coastal areas, mobile home communities and low-lying areas subject to inland flooding may choose to voluntarily evacuate to a shelter. Pre-registration is not required.

Hurricane Dorian is now a massive, 202-mile wide Category 4 storm that is moving slowly over the Bahamas. It is expected to remain approximately 120 miles off Florida’s east coast. While Broward is expected to be spared from the worst of Hurricane Dorian, all of the County remains under a Tropical Storm Watch, with tropical storm force winds (39-73 miles per hour) possibly expected later today and sustained tropical storm force winds possibly late Monday through Tuesday.

Residents who choose to go to a General Population Shelter are reminded that provisions are very limited there. Cots and bottled water are not provided. You must bring your own comfort items (compact bedding, blankets, pillows, etc.), keeping in mind that the typical amount of space assigned to you will be approximately 20 square feet.

Other important items you should bring include:
Identification
Bottled water and non-perishable snacks (including special dietary foods)
Reading materials, cell phone and mobile device with charger, batteries, etc.
Extra change of clothing
Sanitary wipes or other hygiene products
Flashlight
Medications and emergency health information card
Emergency contacts
Battery-operated radio
Don’t forget supplies for children, elderly and disabled family members, including games, baby formula, diapers, walker, wheelchair, hearing device, etc.)

Pet-Friendly Shelter

The Everglades High School shelter is a pet-friendly shelter that accepts dogs, cats, domestic birds, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs, mice and hamsters. Pre-registration is not required. All pets must be in a carrier/crate and all dogs must have a collar with leash. You must show proof of rabies certificate for dogs and cats. Be prepared to show your pet’s Broward County Registration Tag. Bring all necessary care supplies for your animal, including a supply of food and water, food/water bowls, cat litter and litter box, medicine, cleaning supplies, etc.

Special Needs Shelters

On Monday, Broward County opened four special needs shelters, due to the possibility of power outages which can place vulnerable residents at risk. The County is still accepting applications for special needs residents. To register, call the Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000.
The Emergency Hotline will be available 24 hours a day throughout the storm.

Officials urge residents to Stay Informed and Be Prepared. CheckBroward.org/Hurricane for the latest updates. The official Twitter site for Broward County emergency information is @ReadyBroward and Facebook is @BrowardEMD. You can also call Broward County’s Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000.


September 2nd, 11:50 AM

RIP CURRENTS

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - A rip current risk is in effect along the coast through next week. Residents wishing to enjoy the ocean should exercise every caution until the risk is lifted. A rip current is like a shallow river or channel of water on the surface of the ocean. Rip currents are strong and can pull you out away from the shore even if you are a good swimmer. Here are a few tips to stay safe:

Do not go in the ocean if a double red flag is flown at your local beach.

Check with your city to see if the beach is open or closed.

Do not over-estimate your swimming ability or take chances.

If caught in a rip current REMAIN CALM. Do not attempt to move directly toward shore. Instead, move sideways across the rip current until free.

Do not get caught in a rip current trying to save someone else. Throw them a flotation device and get help.

An alternate escape for a stronger swimmer is to allow the rip current to pull you seaward for 50 to 100 yards where it weakens, then swim toward the beach at an angle away from the current.

Officials urge residents to Stay Informed and Be Prepared. Check Broward.org/Hurricane for the latest updates. The official Twitter site for Broward County emergency information is @ReadyBroward and Facebook is @BrowardEMD. You can also call Broward County’s Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000. The Hotline is open 24 hours.


September 2nd, 11:30 AM

BROWARD COUNTY CLOSINGS

Fort Lauderdale: The Museum of Discovery & Science and the AutoNation IMAX Theater are open and fully operational on Monday.

Fort Lauderdale: Canceled: The Igloo Cooler Festival t Sunday, Sept. 1 from 4–11 p.m. at Snyder Park.

Fort Lauderdale: Canceled: The Firecracker Criterium & Labor Day Classic cycling races Monday Sept. 2 Snyder Park

Coconut Creek: Closed: Buttteryfly World, 3600 W Sample Road

Sunrise: Chris Brown concert at BB&T Center Sunday has been canceled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

Davie: The Young At Art Museum closed Sunday and Monday; art classes through Tuesday canceled, students will be contacted for make-up dates.

Coral Springs: Museum of Art, classes canceled through Tuesday

Hallandale Beach: Gulfstream Park reopened its casino Sunday and Monday but discontinued live racing programs for Sunday and Monday as well as the Casino at Gulfstream and The Village at Gulfstream Park.

Fort Lauderdale: Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, 900 N. Birch Road, closed until further notice.

Wilton Manors: “Making Porn,” canceled Sunday, Wilton Theater Factory, The Foundry, 2306 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors.

Fort Lauderdale: Sunday Jazz Brunch canceled along the Riverwalk.

Fort Lauderdale: Igloo Cooler Festival canceled on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Snyder Park.

Fort Lauderedale: Firecracker Criterium & Labor Day Classic cycling races canceled on Monday at Snyder Park.


September 1st, 7:50 PM

Broward County shelters are prepared and ready to open as needed. At this time, there are no plans to open general population shelters, including pet friendly shelters. This is subject to change pending weather conditions. However, due to the possibility of power outages, which place special needs residents at risk, Broward County has opened three special needs adults shelters and one pediatric special needs shelter. Broward County is still accepting applications for special needs residents. To register, call the Emergency Hotline at 311 or 954-831-4000.


September 1st, 3:45 PM

Broward's Emergency Operations Center is now open 24 hours a day in response to Hurricane Dorian, until further notice. The 311 Emergency Hotline opened at 7AM today and will remain open 24 hours until further notice.

Hurricane Dorian is now a Category 5 storm and slowed down considerably over the Bahamas. It is expected to slow down even more before it makes the “turn,” which could be on Tuesday. The timing of the turn can impact the arrival and severity of winds for Broward County.

Broward County Schools are closed on Tuesday.


Are You Prepared, Informed?


Emergency Phone List

Coconut Creek's Hurricane Hotline 954-973-6771
Broward County's Hurricane Hotline 311
Coconut Creek Police Department
Non-emergency Number
954-973-6700
Coconut Creek Utilities & Engineering 954-973-6786
FEMA 800-621-FEMA (3362)
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Before Hurricane Season

 Make your hurricane plan with your household:

  • Create a hurricane kit that includes water, food, valuable documents, cash, bedding, first aid kit, first aid manual and things you will need for self-sufficiency.
  • It is highly RECOMMENDED that residents have 7 days of supplies available. The national standard is actually 72 hours but as we saw in Wilma, we actually need more than that.
  • Make an inventory of possessions. Take pictures of each room; in case of damage, pictures will help you identify what is lost. Make an additional copy to give to your insurance claims adjuster.
  • Assess the status of your storm preparations. Know where you'll go if you evacuate.
  • Figure out arrangements for pets -- they're not permitted in evacuation shelters.

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Hurricane Watch

  • Begin listening for storm updates
  • Fill the car's gas tank and keep it topped off
  • Review your preparedness plan with your household
  • Establish out-of-town phone number with family/friends to relay messages on after storm whereabouts
  • Refill pending prescriptions
  • Fill out supply of canned foods, soft drinks and water
  • In a rugged, waterproof container, collect medical and property insurance papers, immunization records and medical records of anyone with special needs. Include a few cherished mementos
  • Secure boats on trailers or move them to safe harbor
  • Determine your ''safe room'' or a room that is away from windows and has walls close together
  • Put shutters, window protection in place if instructed by local officials
  • Do not trim branches or limbs from trees
  • Locate the turnoff valves for electricity, water and gas

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Hurricane Warning

  • Fill bathtubs and jugs with water. Figure on using a gallon of water per person per day (don't forget pets)
  • Turn refrigerator and freezer settings to the coldest levels
  •  Freeze water in plastic containers
  • Bring in any outdoor objects that could become projectiles in high winds
  • Remove external antennas
  • Remove valuable pictures and bric-a-brac from walls
  • Wedge sliding glass doors with a bar
  • Draw drapes and blinds
  • Turn off electricity to the pool and cover the pump equipment with waterproof material
  • Remove and store child safety fences
  • Gather your hurricane kit and stay in your safer room - essentials for the room include your hurricane kit, sturdy shoes, something to cover your head such as a pillow or mattress and a fire extinguisher

During the Storm

If a hurricane is likely in your area, you should:

  • Listen to the radio or TV for information. Follow the City's Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Secure your home, close storm shutters, and secure outdoor objects or bring them indoors
  • Turn off utilities if instructed to do so. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed
  • Turn off propane tanks.· Avoid using the phone, except for serious emergencies
  • Move your boat if time permits
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.

You should evacuate under the following conditions:

  • If you are directed by local authorities to do so. Be sure to follow their instructions
  • If you live in a mobile home or temporary structure—such shelters are particularly hazardous during hurricanes no matter how well fastened to the ground
  • If you live in a high-rise building—hurricane winds are stronger at higher elevations
  • If you live on the coast, on a floodplain, near a river, or on an inland waterway
  • If you feel you are in danger

If you are unable to evacuate, go to your safe room. If you do not have one, follow these guidelines:

  • Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass doors
  • Close all interior doors—secure and brace external doors
  • Keep curtains and blinds closed. Do not be fooled if there is a lull; it could be the eye of the storm - winds will pick up again
  • Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level
  • Lie on the floor under a table or another sturdy object.

After a Hurricane

Typically, more deaths occur after a hurricane than during. These deaths come from people being too anxious to get outside and survey the damage where they come into contact with downed power lines or unstable trees, etc. Follow these suggestions for staying safe after the hurricane:

  • Remain indoors until an official "all clear" is given
  • Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances; stay away from puddles with wires in/near them; o not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines
  • USE PHONES ONLY FOR EMERGENCIES - call 911 only for life-threatening situations
  • Call police or utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains, overturned gas tanks, etc.
  • Watch for weakened roads, bridges, tree limbs or porches which could collapse unexpectedly
  • After power is restored, check refrigerated food for spoilage; spoiled food is the cause of much sickness two days to a week after the storm
  • When reinstalling a CB, TV or satellite antenna, check in all directions to be sure no power lines are nearby; the same goes for climbing trees to clear debris
  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors

Generated Powered Stores in Creek

  • Coral Creek Shops [MAP]
    6570 N. State Road 7

  • Shoppes at Coconut Creek [MAP]
    4849 Coconut Creek Parkway

  • Westcreek Commons [MAP]
    4760 W. Hillsboro Boulevard

  • Winston Park Center [MAP]
    5365 Lyons Road

Generated Powered Gas Stations in Creek

  • 7-Eleven [MAP]
    4550 West Hillsboro Boulevard

  • 7-Eleven [MAP]
    4525 Wiles Road

  • Marathon Gas [MAP]
    5425 Lyons Road

  • Chevron [MAP]
    4650 North State Road 7 (U.S. 441)

  • Shell [MAP]
    4701 West Sample Road

  • Shell [MAP]
    6135 Lyons Road


Shelters & Maps

General Population and Pet-Friendly Shelters here.

Special Needs
For people with special needs, such as oxygen or electrical dependencies, please call 311 for special reservations.

Hurricane shelters/ tips for Animals
For hurricane tips for large animals and a list of local animal shelters, read more


Hurricane Debris Removal

Most critical to an efficient and cost effective debris removal effort is the separation of debris by category. These categories dictate how debris will be removed, handled and finally disposed of. Foremost in the process is the differentiation between your household waste and debris. The City and its waste hauler, All Service Refuse, will ensure that the removal of household solid waste (garbage) is a priority immediately following a hurricane. Standard waste collection procedures will still apply, with routes being reinstated as soon as possible.

Hurricane debris will be categorized as follows:

  • Vegetative Debris - tree limbs, branches, trunks and stumps that can readily placed in the swale, or on the curb, adjacent to the roadway.

  • Construction & Demolition Debris (C & D) – those materials that have been destroyed and damaged as a result of the hurricane, such as roof tiles and shingles, siding and fascia, fences, screens and framing, wet carpet and padding, etc.

  • Hazardous Materials – household hazardous waste includes paints, drain cleaners, motor oil fuel, antifreeze, poisons, pesticides, herbicides, fluorescent lamps, some cleaning chemicals, etc. Make sure these items are in appropriate containers.

Finally, the debris removal effort requires a significant mobilization process. The debris removal contractor is responsible for preparation of the TDRS (temporary debris reduction site) and is required to have all equipment utilized in the operation certified in accordance with FEMA guidelines. It will be at least five to seven days before debris removal is in full operation in residential areas. This timing is also important to give homeowners sufficient time to perform clean up of their property and to properly place debris for removal.

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