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Fall 2011 (Including Winter 2012 Activity Dates) Published by the City of Cooper City www.coopercityfl.org News & Views Cooper City From the Desk of Mayor Debby Eisinger… A s the economy continues to stagger and fami- lies strive to squeeze more mileage from every dol- $645,532.00 over last year. Fortunately, the City had the foresight to contract with the Broward Sheriff’s Office prior to the economic downturn, as lar, so too does the City, as we continue to tighten the cost of these contractual public safety services the reins by reducing spending and implementing have been substantially less than the projected cost saving strategies. While providing all resi- costs of continuing the operation of law enforce- dents with the high levels of service that are impor- ment and fire/rescue services through the City. tant to protecting and preserving our quality of life during these difficult economic times remains a Recognizing that the majority of residents utilize challenge, the City remains steadfast and dedicated the internet, future News and Views and other to this goal. City newsletters will be transmitted electronically and can easily be accessed through the City’s web- Based on the 2011 Estimate of Taxable Values re- site. In addition to the cost saving benefits recog- port from the Broward County Property Appraiser’s nized by eliminating printed newsletters, this action Office, it appears that the sharp decrease in prop- unquestionably supports the City’s efforts of “going erty values from 2007 through 2010 is coming to a green.” close. While the majority of municipalities through- out Broward County continue to experience a de- Speaking of “going green,” Cooper City was just crease in property tax revenues in the coming year, recognized as the recipient of the 2011 Environ- the Broward County Property Appraiser’s Office re- mental Stewardship Award by the Florida League ported an approximate 2.2% increase for Cooper of Cities for its You Win – We All Win Water City which was the third highest increase in the Conservation Program. As part of our sustain- County. Although the news is optimistic, property ability efforts, Cooper City set a goal to reduce tax revenues forecasted for fiscal year 2011-2012 overall water use by 5% in three years. The pro- are $1.8 million less than 5 years ago which reflects gram was divided into several major components an overall 16% reduction from that point in time. including retrofitting older buildings; a competition among homeowner associations; outreach to high- The 2011-2012 fiscal year budget unquestionably est users and rebates and community education. To reflects the impact of the economic downturn. date, the results have exceeded expectations. Similar to local governments and businesses nation- wide, the City has towed the line by not providing While Cooper City has responsibly maintained mon- cost of living adjustments, merit, or longevity in- ies in reserves as recommended by the Government creases for staff. A total of eight full-time and two Finance Officers Association, this amount has dwin- part-time positions have been eliminated since fis- dled in recent years as the monies have been used cal year 2007-2008. The City has continued to to balance the budget in an effort to avoid increases scale back on expenses in the areas of routine land- in the millage rate. Fortunately, throughout the scape maintenance, mowing services, tree trim- years, Cooper City has cautiously prepared its an- ming, general operating expenditures, and capital nual budget and adhered to the principals of good projects. Other than Public Safety which includes accounting practices by maintaining sufficient levels police, fire, emergency medical services and code of reserve funds. Hurricane Wilma provides an ex- enforcement, and comprises 66% of the General cellent illustration of the City’s prudent fiscal prac- Fund Budget, all other City Department budgets tices. When Wilma struck in 2005, the City outlaid have been decreased. As a result of implementing $8 million in cleanup costs thus saving the City significant cost saving strategies and utilizing ad- from the additional costs associated with borrowing vances in technology, the City has successfully re- money from lenders. Moreover, the available cash duced departmental expenditures, with the excep- facilitated an expedient cleanup process. tion of Public Safety, by approximately $900,000.00 in the course of three years. As the economy continues to stagnate, the City has utilized reserve monies to offset the need for in- Public Safety continues to be the only service that creasing the millage rate to balance the budget. the City Commission has not reduced in an effort to For the past four years, approximately $2 million cut expenses. The City has increased these ser- per year has been drawn from reserve monies to vices throughout the years knowing that the need balance the budget. As a result of drawing down on for public safety actually increases during tough reserves, at the close of the 2011-2012 fiscal, the economic times. The City’s contract is with the City will have approximately $5 million in Broward Sheriff’s Office, which includes a 5.1% in- reserves for emergency use. crease each year. The City’s cost for Public Safety services for the 2011-2012 fiscal year amounts to $10,656,977.00, reflecting an increase of Continued on Page 7 Page 2 News & Views Contact US... Your City Commission W e provide information on City Department activities and com- munity topics of interest to Cooper City residents. Published twice a year by the City Clerk's Office. Unless otherwise noted, all numbers listed below are area code 954. City Staff Bruce Loucks, City Manager 434-4300, Ext. 224 Susan Poling, City Clerk 434-4300, Ext. 220 Horacio Montes, Finance Director 434-4300, Ext. 228 Fax: City Hall 434-5099 Ted Fowler, Building Director 434-4300, Ext. 249 Matt Wood, Growth Mgt. Director 434-4300, Ext. 251 Fax: Building/Planning Dept. 680-1439 Mayor Debby Eisinger Lynda Good, Interim Recreation Director 434-4300, Ext. 259 Mayor_Eisinger@CooperCityFL.org Fax: Recreation 680-1446 Fax: Pool & Tennis Center 436-7302 Jim Bowman, Public Works Director 434-2300 Fax: Public Works 433-1365 Michael Bailey, Utilities Director 434-5519 Fax: Utilities 680-3159 Richard J. Sievers, Fire Chief, BSO 432-8905 John Hale, Police Chief, BSO 432-9000 Frequently Requested Numbers Commissioner Lisa Mallozzi Commissioner John Sims Commissioner_Mallozzi@CooperCityFL.org Commissioner_Sims@coopercityfl.org Animal Control 359-1313 Auto Tags 765-4697 AT&T (Repair Center) 611 Broward County Landfill 680-0085 Cable T.V. (Comcast Cable) 252-1937 Canal Maintenance 432-5110 Davie/Cooper City Chamber of Commerce 581-0790 Davie/Cooper City Library 680-0050 Driver's License 497-1570 Florida Power & Light Company 797-5000 Garbage Service Information 467-1710 Mosquito Control 765-4062 Commissioner James C. Curran Commissioner Jeff Green Post Office (University Drive, Davie) 1-800-275-8777 Commissioner_Curran@coopercityfl.org Commissioner_Green@coopercityfl.org Property Taxes (Homestead Exemption) 357-6830 Special Waste Depot 765-4222 Storage Lot - Commercial and Recreational Vehicles 434-4300 Ext. 243 Street Signs/Traffic Lights 434-2300 Voter Registration 357-7050 Commission Office 954-434-4300 x 260 9090 SW 50 Place Cooper City, FL 33328 Page 3 News & Views News from the Recreation Department The goal of the Cooper City Recreation Department is to provide a broad range of quality parks and facilities, leisure and enrichment activities for our residents. Included in this newsletter you will find a listing of recreational classes, activities and special events. Please visit the City website at www.CooperCityFL.org or call our main office at 954.434.4300 x233 for additional information and current updates on registration, classes and events. Community Opportunities Property Appraiser Community Outreach FACILITY RENTALS HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION FILING Cooper City residents looking to host a social event can rent Assistance is available at no charge! the Community Center or Pool and Tennis Center during weekends. The poolside pavilion is also a great location When: Tuesdays from 10 - 11:30 a.m. to host your next pool party! Where: Cooper City Community Center Call the prospective site for date availability and fees. Dates: October 18th, December 20th & Community Center—954.434.4300 x233 Pool & Tennis Center—954.436.7300 February 21st To file, you will need to bring: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES -Warranty Deed for residence. -Florida Voters registration card. Become involved in your community! -Florida Driver’s License & Florida Car Registration. Join the Cooper City Recreation Departments VIP Program (Very Important People). -Know homeowners’ Social Security Number(s). The department is always looking for adult volunteers to assist with -Know date of occupancy & date of permanent residency. program activities, special events and projects. Questions? Call Broward County Property If you would like to give a little of your time, stop by Appraiser’s Office at 954-347-6830 the Community Center or Pool and Tennis Center or visit www.BCPA.net and complete a VIP Application. For more information call: 954.434.4300 x233 Community Transportation Services Broward County Transit Travels Through Cooper City Broward County Transit, BCT, operates route 16, Monday through Saturday to and from Pembroke Lakes Mall to Dania Beach City Hall via Stirling Road. For information on county bus fares and schedules, call BCT at (954) 357-8400, or visit www.broward.org/bct. Cooper City Senior Transportation Service (62 & Over) Cooper City offers Cooper City residents 62 & over limited door-to-door transportation to appointments to local doctors, pharmacies, Memorial West and Memorial Pembroke Hospitals, local banks and grocery stores. Advance notice is necessary to schedule transportation. Annual registration with the Recreation Department is required. Interested residents can register for the program by calling our Senior Trans- portation Service number at (954) 434-4300 x255. Broward County Door to Door TOPS—Transportation Options Broward County offers a door-to-door TOPS transportation program for elderly and disabled persons. TOPS Transportation is available 7 days per week to medical appointments, church, our community events, and much more. Call (954) 357-8400 for additional information or visit their website at http://www.broward.org/BCT/Pages/Paratransit.aspx Page 4 News & Views Cooper City Launches a New Website! The newly redesigned Cooper City website went live over Memorial Day weekend. The more contemporary design features a “Services” section, which is geared toward specific tasks that online visitors wish to accomplish quickly. CooperCityFL.org incorpo- rates drop-down menus conveniently displayed in an easy to navigate format. “Welcome” features contact information for City departments and staff, FAQ about City services, extensive details on Cooper City’s history, as well as information on the 2012 municipal election. “Government” provides regular users with public meeting agendas, minutes and videos, information on elected officials and access to the City’s Code of Ordi- nances, as well as an online public records request form. Through the “City Departments” section, visitors gain insight into the work of the City employees who provide valuable services to the community. Visitors can also view the events calendar, explore activities and recreational opportunities and read the latest edition of the Cooper City News & Views in the “News/Events” section. In October 2009 the City made it possible for residents to watch live broadcasts of City Commission Meetings via streaming media. You may access the City’s new official website at www.coopercityfl.org. We look forward to your comments and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Public Works Department Worked to Ensure a Fun-filled Summer for everyone in our Parks and City Facilities - Keeping Cooper City “Someplace Special” Here are some of this summer’s accomplishments and current projects... New exercise equipment is being installed at Tamarind Park and Ellie Kozak Park. This will be To increase the turning radius new style equipment that will and aid in the accessibility for provide exercise opportunities City Services to residents; we beyond the traditional sit-ups have removed the center island and chin-ups. and repaved the cul de sac on SW 94th Terrace. Early this summer, the team “sprigged” (a method of plant propagation whereby sprigs of grass are planted into the soil sur- We’d like to help our residents conserve energy face for the purpose of regenerating existing and save money by sharing these tips directly growth) the south and west soccer fields from FPL: at the Cooper City Sports Complex. This extensive rejuvenation was needed • Replace old shower heads with new, water- to restore health and vitality to the efficient models to cut hot water usage and fields, readying them for the fall soccer same $80.00 per year. and football seasons. We hope to have • Lower you water heater thermostat from 140 the fields ready for use again by early to 120 degrees for a savings of about $30.00. September. • Stop one ceiling fan from running all the time and save about $85.00. • Use cold water instead of hot to wash clothes for a savings of up to $40.00. • Switch to Energy Star qualified com- puter and monitor for an additional $20.00 in savings. If you have any questions regarding sidewalks, streets, trees and/or parks, please contact Public Works at 954-434-2300. Public Works would love to hear from you. Page 5 News & Views The Growth Management department wishes to share its expertise with you... The Growth Management Department assists with The Growth Management Department will provide the development and/or redevelopment of Cooper information as requested to determine what pro- City through effective planning and management of posed improvements meet code and where they growth and land development petitions in the City. may be placed on a lot. We can assist in analyzing Technical assistance is provided to builders, devel- the specific laws and regulations relative to im- opers, businesses and residents to ensure consis- provements such as room additions, pools, fences, tency with the City’s Municipal Code of Ordinances driveways, patios, accessory buildings or sheds. as adopted by the City Commission. It is our mis- sion to implement the goals, objectives and policies Flood Insurance of the Cooper City Comprehensive Plan and to en- Everyone is at risk of flooding, however, by sure that they comply with state requirements. choosing to purchase flood insurance, you can The City’s Comprehensive Plan has goals, objec- significantly reduce your tives and policies which are established to protect losses. Even if a few the general health, safety and welfare of the entire inches of water in your community. The Comprehensive Plan has consid- home can bring thousands erations for land use compatibility, economic vital- of dollars in repair and ity and quality of life; which include planning for restoration costs. human interaction, sense of place and convenience of shopping, entertainment and parks. The plan Points to Ponder… also addresses maintaining uncongested roadways and employment opportunities as well as environ- • Standard homeowners insurance does not mental quality and protection, differing housing op- cover flood damage! With flood insurance, tions and last but not least, public safety (police losses to your property caused by flooding, will and fire protection/traffic safety). be covered. New Development • Flood insurance is also required for all federally regulated mortgages. Current estimates are The Ranches at Cooper City: The City Commission that during the life of a 30-year mortgage, recently approved a new residential development in residents have a 26% chance of experiencing a the United Ranches area, consisting of 20 single family homes. The project is located on the west side of serious flood event. The average annual Southwest 106th Avenue at Southwest 50th Street. It premium for flood insurance is around $400 per will consist of one and two-story single family homes year (or less). ranging in size from 3,000 square feet to approxi- • Your new flood policy will take effect 30 days mately 4,000 square feet in air-conditioned floor area. after purchase, so don’t be left without Lot sizes are from approximately 17,000 square feet to coverage, especially during hurricane season. over 25,000 square feet in area. The builder/developer You can also visit the following web sites for is Centerline Homes more information: www.fema.gov/business/nfip Monterra Development: and www.floodsmart.gov Currently around 350 homes have been completed • Flood insurance is available to any owner of with the seventh subdivision having broken ground and insurable property (a building and/or its the eighth subdivision is expected to break ground be- contents) in Cooper City at a 15% discount. fore the end of 2011. The master developer continues to propose modifications to the master plan and design guidelines to accommodate plans for remaining sec- tions. Two additional residential subdivisions are ex- Buying flood insurance is the best way you pected to be presented for City Commission approval can protect your home, business, family and by 2012, and the City looks forward to prospects for financial security from a flood. development of commercial sections of the develop- ment. With over 1600 homes in total, construction is expected to continue for about three more years. Please contact the Growth Management staff to as- sist you in determining the development standards As one can see, our Comprehensive Plan is indeed which may apply to your property. In addition, the comprehensive and it serves as our “blueprint for Growth Management staff can assist you if you growth” as it is implemented through the zoning have a question regarding flood insurance or the code and the development approval process, all of Minor Home Repair program. Please feel free to which is designed to keep Cooper City “Someplace contact the Growth Management Department Mon- Special.” day through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (954)434 4300, ext. 251 or ext. 262 Page 6 News & Views Firewise Communities The Grass is Always Greener IF You Water Correctly Protecting Your Home from Wildfire What do you envision a perfect lawn to look like? Many people would say a thick, green, lush, level and weed- free mat; like that which is typically found on a golf Over the past fifty years, more and more Floridians course. In actuality, however, this look is often achieved by mowing the grass too short and by the excess appli- have moved out of our cities to build homes and cation of pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides and most im- businesses in outlying fringe areas known as the portantly water. Did you know that 25% to 50% of a household’s water consumption is used for irrigation? Wildland/Urban Interface (WUI). In fact, almost And even if you draw your irrigation water from a canal 1/3 of our population now lives in interface areas or well, you are still using water that can help meet our potable water needs. Over-irrigating your lawn, no mat- where structures intermingle with forests and wild- ter what the source, favors the growth of water-loving weeds and pests and also creates runoff, which may lands. Residents here, however, usually don't realize carry fertilizers and other additives into nearby water- they may live too "close to nature"; they may, in ways and on to the ocean or Everglades. fact, be Living on the Edge of a wildfire disaster.Use the following indicators to tell you when to irrigate your lawn, and the result will make your lawn more On average, Florida experiences the second highest drought resistant and heartier by forcing the roots to dig deeper in search of water. number of wildfires in the nation. During dry years, • Grass has a dull bluish-gray color Florida experiences severe wildfires- wildfires that • Foot prints remain visible in the grass after you have destroy homes, disrupt people's lives and impact walked through • Leaf blades are folded in half on at least a third of our economy. the lawn The simple truth is that few fire departments • The soil from the root zone is dry and crumbly have adequate resources to protect every Other benefits of irrigating more efficiently are the dol- lars you’ll save on you water bill and the energy you’ll home in the Wildland/Urban Interface. save from not needing to run irrigation pumps as fre- quently. The cost of water will likely increase in the fu- Homeowners must become partners in fire protec- ture and increased irrigation efficiency will keep your tion. But there is also an important role for archi- monthly household bills lower and may delay the need to construct expensive new water infrastructure. tects who design homes, builders, insurance agents, See Continued Restrictions on page 8. elected officials, planners, and educators– everyone Resources : http://bcegov3.broward.ort/newsrelease/AdminDisplayMessages.aspx?int who helps shape our communities. MessageId=2468 Broward County Water Matters – http://www.broward.org/WaterMatters/Pages/Default.aspx Maintaining a lean, clean and green* landscape South Florida Water Management District - Water Conservation within 30 feet of a structure can make a significant http://www.sfwmd.gov/2days difference in whether it survives a wildfire. The im- Mayor’s letter continued from page 2 portant thing is that action must be taken before Until the economy rebounds, the job market im- proves, and the real estate market bounces back, wildfire threatens. the City foresees utilizing some funds from re- • Lean - small amounts of serves to assist in balancing the budget for the flammable vegetation next few years. • Clean - no accumulations of Along with maintaining funds for emergency us- dead vegetation age, reserves also impact a city’s credit rating. • Green - plants are healthy Sensibly, maintaining money in reserves provides and green; lawn is well irri- for lower interest rates on bonds and loans thus gated saving taxpayers money. Certainly, any resident with an interest in a more To receive additional fire safety information, please con- in-depth report of the City’s financial status is tact the Broward Sheriff’s Office, Department of Fire Res- cue and Emergency Services at 954-831-8200 Continued on next page Page 7 News & Views Some Helpful Community Reminders... The Growth Management Department provides flood information to residents and agents regarding flood zone, base flood elevation, elevation certifi- cates, community rating and panel numbers as shown on the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) that is issued by FEMA. An Elevation Certificate is an important administrative tool of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and is used to determine the proper insurance premium rate and to certify building elevations. Elevation certificates are required as part of the permitting process for all newly constructed and substantially improved buildings in Cooper City. Copies of FEMA Elevation Certificates for most subdivisions constructed in the floodplain since 1993 are avail- able in the Growth Management Department. Insurance companies who write flood policies will require an Elevation Certificate. Should an Elevation Cer- tificate not be available, contact your insurance agent for the name and number of a survey company that your insurance agent recommends to provide you with a Certified Elevation Certificate. There is a fee for this process. Once you get the Elevation Certificate, keep it as it is yours. You paid for it. Provide a copy to your insurance agent for their records in order for them to process your flood policy. If you are in the process of purchasing a home in Cooper City, you should request to be provided with an Elevation Certificate in addition to a survey as they are two completely different documents that you may need for future use. Contact the Growth Management Department Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at (954) 434-4300, ext. 251 if you have any questions, or require more information. You may also visit: www.fema.gov or www.floodsmart.gov. Contact your insurance agent regarding rates and coverage. Mayor’s Letter Continued from page 7 Landscape Irrigation Schedule - Restrictions Remain in Effect encouraged to meet with City staff. Addi- tionally, the City website provides very de- Residences and businesses with an odd-numbered street tailed information on the City’s budget and address may water lawns and landscapes on Wednes- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report days and/or Saturdays, only before 10:00 a.m. or after (CAFR). The website also serves as an ex- 4:00 p.m. cellent source for information on all of our City services, meetings, activities and Residences and businesses with an even-numbered events. street address, no street address, or those who irrigate both even and odd addresses within the same zones, As always, please feel free to contact me or which may include multi-family units and homeowners my fellow Commission members with your associations, may water lawns and landscapes on Thurs- concerns, suggestions or ideas. Please call days and/or Sundays, only before 10:00 a.m. or after (954) 434-4300, ext. 260, or send an us an 4:00 p.m. electronic mail. End Home Addresses 1234 The Tree and Plant Care Workshop will be held on September 17th. If you wish to be placed on our mailing Conspicuously displayed street numbers can list, please call 954-434-2300. Look save time and, in some cases, lives! for additional information on the City’s website and/or on the City Make sure the address numbers on your home are clear and visible. This allows emergency marquee. We will start taking reser- vehicles, service providers, delivery companies vations in mid-August. and visitors to reach your home without confu- sion or interruption. Page 8 News & Views Safety Tips from the Cooper City Building Department... Is Your Backyard Party the grill base that can be transferred to the wood of balconies or the home's siding, causing a fire. When Friendly? grilling, follow these As summer approaches, the Cooper City Building De- safety tips: partment is urging homeowners to take the time to • Place the grill away from siding, deck railings check their outdoor areas for potential safety hazards. and out from under eaves and overhanging Proper inspections now can help to keep your family and branches friends safe in the future. • Periodically remove grease or fat buildup Decks and Balconies • Use only proper starter fluid and store the can Balconies can be at risk of collapsing if they are not away from heat sources properly constructed or if they are old. A common safety • Check propane cylinder hoses for leaks before hazard occurs when balconies are nailed to buildings use rather than being attached with the proper anchors or bolts. Nails are a poor method for attaching balconies to • Do not move hot grills buildings because they work their way loose over time. • Dispose of charcoal properly, keeping ash con- Other safety hazards to look for are: tainers outside and away from combustible • Split or rotting wood construction • Wobbly handrails or guardrails • Check with your local building or fire depart- • Loose, missing or rusting anchors, nails or ment to see what is required by code where you live screws • Missing, damaged or loose support beams and planking The Florida Fire Prevention Code prohibits the use of • Poor end support of the balcony deck, joists or charcoal and gas grills and other open burning devices on combustible balconies or within 10 feet of combusti- girders ble construction. There are exceptions for certain homes • Excessive movement of the balcony when and where buildings, balconies and decks are protected walked on by an automatic sprinkler system. • Swaying or unstable balconies Swimming Pools Building or repairing to code, which requires a building permit and an inspection, will help ensure that the bal- Because they can be attractive — and dangerous — to cony is safe. The Florida Building Codes specify the young children, in-ground and above-ground pools are amount of weight a balcony is required to support. How- required to be surrounded by a fence or other barrier. ever, be careful not to allow the balcony to become Small, inflatable pools must also be protected. Cooper overcrowded. If the people on the structure have diffi- City Code of Ordinances requires a (5) five foot high culty moving about, the balcony could be exceeding its fence or other barrier surround any pool with more than capacity. 24 inches of water in it. Any gates in the fence must be Grills self-closing and self-latching. Other things to consider Grilling on or near com- when installing a pool: bustible areas can be a • Building permit requirements fire hazard. It not only • Zoning requirements puts your family and • Electrical clearances and utility easements visitors at risk, but, especially in condos and apartment buildings, can put • Insurance policies your neighbors in danger as well. The most common grilling hazards are open flames and heat generated in Information provided by the International Code Council Page 9 City of Cooper City 2011 Hurricane Season Stay Prepared DURING AN EMERGENCY PLEASE TUNE YOUR RADIO TO WIOD 610 AM COOPER CITY WILL BROADCAST COMMUNITY INFORMATION UPDATES HERE IMPORTANT CONTACT INFORMATION: Dear Neighbors: City Hall 954-434-4300 Now is the time to be prepared for the 2011 Hurricane Public Works 954-434-2300 Season. The season has begun and we must all be ready Utilities Dept. 954-434-5519 in the event of an active season as predicted. BSO District 16 (non-emergency) Police 954-432-9000 City staff has been looking back and learning from our Fire/Rescue 954-432-8905 past experiences. We hope that this packet provides you and your family with useful information so that we, Broward County Hotline www.broward.org/hurricane 954-831-4000 as a community, can all be more equipped to face the or 311 after-effects of a severe storm. Of course, we all hope FP&L www.fpl.com 1-800-4OUTAGE that we won’t have to, but if we make sure we are AT&T www.bellsouth.com/emergency 1-877-737-2478 ready, we can face any potential major occurrence with much less concern. Hurricane Tracking www.nhc.noaa.gov 1-305-229-4502 American Red Cross www.redcross.org 954-797-3800 Assistance from agencies outside of Broward County can be slow in arriving after a severe storm event and Florida Emergency Manager is first directed towards those areas that are hardest www.floridadisaster.org 1-850-413-9969 hit and which have limited socio-economic advantages. Federal Emergency Management Due to this fact, we urge each and every resident of Agency (FEMA) www.fema.gov 1-800-621-3362 our city to prepare to take care of themselves and Vulnerable Population Registry their families for at least one week. www.broward.org/registry 954-831-4000 Shutters and storm panels should have been checked to make sure they are in proper working condition and CodeRed that all of their associated hardware is easily accessi- Emergency ble. If you have not performed a maintenance check Communications on your storm panels or shutters and their accompany- ing hardware, please do so now. In the event of a severe hurricane or other natural If we all work together, helping ourselves and each disaster, the City may need to issue special messages to other, our community will emerge stronger from this the public. We have engaged the CodeRed Emergency hurricane season. Communications System to distribute recorded messages to every household telephone in the City. To ensure Wishing you and yours the very best, that your household is in the databank, or to change your designated number to a cellular telephone, please logon to our website at www.coopercityfl.org and click Mayor Debby Eisinger on the CodeRed box on the bottom of the home page. Commissioner Lisa Mallozzi Residents who do not have access to the Internet, may Commissioner John Sims register by calling (954)434-4300 ext. 250. Commissioner James Curran Commissioner Jeff Green City of Cooper City 2011 Hurricane Season Page 1 Hurricane Season—Stay Prepared There are real benefits to being prepared for hur- Don’t forget to have tools to install shutters, duct tape, heavy ricane season. Being prepared can reduce fear, gloves, sturdy shoes. anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. If and when a hurricane watch is issued for South Florida, be Communities, families, and individuals should sure you have: know what to do in the event of a hurricane and Cash, fill the fuel tanks on all vehicles; two-week supply of medi- where to seek shelter and know how to care for cation and vitamins (have photocopy of prescriptions in case phar- macy’s computers are down), fuel for your generator and propane their basic medical needs. The information in- for the gas grill. In the event that a catastrophic storm causes cluded in this insert will help you to prepare for damage that would require you and your family to vacate your hurricane season. For more information on pre- home, also prepare a waterproof emergency file containing your paredness and recovering from a disaster, visit important papers. Remember to include all documentation to gain you access to your personal funds and to file insurance claims: the FEMA website at http://www.fema.gov/pdf/ • Birth, death, marriage certificates; areyouready/recovering_from_disaster.pdf. • Adoption papers; A Hurricane Watch is issued when there is a threat of hurricane conditions within 36-48 hours. A Hurricane Warning is issued • Identification; passport and driver’s license; when hurricane conditions (winds of 74 miles per hour or greater • Recent bank, brokerage statements; or dangerously high water and rough seas) are expected in 36 • House deeds and mortgage/home equity notes; hours or less. • Car lease/title; Disaster Supply List: • Insurance policies, agent and contact numbers; Start now to assemble the items necessary to care for your family • Credit and debit cards, and ID’s and passwords for online for at least seven days. Store the supplies in a box or bin in the financial accounts; garage. • Household inventory; • Tax returns for the past three years; Water: (at least one gallon daily per person) If storing water in plastic soda bottles, follow these steps: • Locations of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, contact infor- Thoroughly clean the bottles with dishwashing soap and water, mation for executors/trustees; and rinse completely so there is no residual soap. Sanitize the • List of financial advisors and their contact information. bottles by adding a solution of 1 teaspoon of non-scented liquid Prepare An Emergency Car Kit and Include: household chlorine bleach to a quart of water. Swish the sanitizing solution in the bottle so that it touches all surfaces. After sanitiz- • Battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries ing the bottle, thoroughly rinse out the sanitizing solution with clean water. • Blanket • Booster cables Food: • Fire extinguisher (5 lb., A-B-C type) • Peanut butter and jelly; • First aid kit and manual • Bread • Bottled water and non-perishable high energy foods such as • Ready to eat canned meat, milk, fish, fruit and vegetables granola bars, raisins and peanut butter foundations. (10 cans per person is recommended) • Salt-free crackers stored in waterproof bag or container; AFTER THE STORM: • Powdered or single-serve drinks After a disaster, you may be without power, water, food or any of • Cereal/granola bars; the services and businesses we rely on. Immediate response may not be possible, so residents must be prepared to be self-reliant • Packaged condiments; for days. • Special foods required for infants or those on restricted diets; RE-ENTRY: • Pet food; • Standard, non-cordless telephone; • Be Patient. Access to affected areas will be controlled to prevent looting and injuries. Roads may be blocked, trees • DON’T FORGET A MANUAL CAN OPENER! and power lines down. • Cooking tools; • Local radio and television stations will be a key source of • Fuel for grill; information concerning aid. • Paper plates and plastic utensils; • Have valid local identification. • First aid kit; • Avoid driving. • Flashlight or camp lantern—extra batteries; FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY: • Radio—extra batteries; • Avoid downed and dangling wires when clearing debris and • Books and games—don’t forget the extra batteries; fallen trees. Treat all lines as if they are energized. • Personal hygiene items, toilet paper, towelettes, • Beware of standing water, it may contain power lines, con- • Diapers. tamination or other dangers. City of Cooper City 2011 Hurricane Season Page 2 Hurricane Season—Stay Prepared • Be careful with fire. Avoid candles. Use battery powered flashlights and lanterns. • Check for gas leaks. Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home. • Use your telephone only for emergencies. • If there has been flooding, have an electrician inspect your home or office before turning on the breaker. • Use grills outdoors in a well-ventilated area. • Do not use power tools that you are unfamiliar with. • Do not connect portable generators to building wiring (this could cause injury or death to neighbors or linemen trying to restore power). Plug appliances directly into the generator. REPAIRS: • Take video or photos of all damage before repairs and keep receipts for insurance purposes. • Contact your insurance company. Have your policy readily available so you can refer to the extent of your coverage. • Make temporary repairs to correct safety hazards and minimize further damage. This may include covering holes in the roof, walls or windows and debris removal. • Protect yourself from contractor fraud. Only hire licensed contractors to do repairs. Check with your local building department. • Contact your local building department to obtain required permits for demolition or repairs. City of Cooper City 2011 Hurricane Season Page 3 Hurricane Season—Stay Prepared Portable Generator Safety : erly connected portable generator can become overloaded. This may Portable generators are useful when temporary or remote electric result in overheating or stressing the generator components, possibly power is needed, but they also can be hazardous. The primary haz- leading to a generator failure. ards to avoid when using a generator are carbon monoxide (CO) poi- Follow these tips to prevent fires: soning from the toxic engine exhaust, electric shock or electrocution, •Never store fuel for your generator in the home. Gasoline, propane, and fire. kerosene, and other flammable liquids should be stored outside of living areas in properly-labeled, non-glass safety containers. Do not Tips to Avoid Electrical Hazards: store them near a fuel-burning appliance, such as a natural gas water •Keep the generator dry and do not use in rain or wet conditions. To heater in a garage. If the fuel is spilled or the container is not sealed protect from moisture, operate it on a dry surface under an open, properly, invisible vapors from the fuel can travel along the ground canopy-like structure. Dry your hands before touching the generator. and can be ignited by the appliance’s pilot light or by arcs from elec- •Plug appliances directly into the generator. Or, use a heavy duty, tric switches in the appliance. outdoor-rated extension cord that is rated (in watts or amps) at least •Before refueling the generator, turn it off and let it cool down. equal to the sum of the connected appliance loads. Check that the Gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite. entire cord is free of cuts or tears and that the plug has all three prongs, especially a grounding pin. •NEVER power the house wiring by plugging the generator into a wall outlet, a practice known as “back-feeding.” This is an extremely dan- gerous practice that presents an electrocution risk to utility workers and neighbors served by the same utility transformer. It also bypasses • Gather Information some of the built-in household circuit protection devices. • Register for Important Services •If you must connect the generator to the house wiring to power ap- • Make Arrangements for Animals pliances, have a qualified electrician install the appropriate equip- ment in accordance with local electrical codes. Or, check with your • Prepare Important Documents utility company to see if it can install an appropriate power transfer • Prepare Equipment and Collect switch. Supplies •For power outages, permanently installed stationary generators are better suited for providing backup power to the home. Even a prop- Home Damage Assessment Program—Broward County has a program for residents to assist in assessing damage after a hurricane. The pictures below provide a uniform reference to categorize a home’s damage. Anyone can report the level of damage they observe by using the new mobile device application, logging on to the Home Damage As- sessment Program Web page www.Broward.org/Hurricane/AtoZ/Pages/DamageAssessment2.aspx or by calling 3-1-1 Home Damage Assessment Photos CALL 3 – 1 – 1 TO REPORT YOUR DAMAGE More information about the program and other helpful storm tips are available on the County website at www.Broward.org/ hurricane The program asks residents to report hurricane damage as soon as it is safe to go outside after the storm. By doing so residents provide a great service to the community which allows a quick evaluation of what areas of the County needs what type of assistance. So keep these photos and/or print pages from the County website before a storm and you can help your community recover after a hurricane! City of Cooper City 2011 Hurricane Season Page 4 Flip over for Cooper City Parks and Recreation 2011Fall/Winter Brochure of recreational opportunities.
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