Page 6 - Jupiter Spotlight - July '18
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Page 6, Jupiter Spotlight

Commissioner’s Update

Hurricane Season – A Way Of                                                    these elderly persons arrived at the shelter without        owners associations or neighborhood groups to identify
                                                                               so much as a blanket. That, in my view, is a very sad       neighbors who are elderly, alone or infirm and who may
Life In South Florida                                                          commentary. Remember, as Emergency Management               need assistance.
                                                                               Director Bill Johnson has said, the emergency shelters      	 As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance
By Commissioner                                                                activated during hurricane events should be considered a    at (561) 355-2201 or by email at
Hal Valeche                                                                    life raft, not a cruise ship. Shelters – quickly assembled  If you do not have access to the Internet and would like
	 Since our hurricane                                                          in designated public schools – are equipped with limited    some printed information, please do not hesitate to call
season is a full six months                                                    supplies, and evacuees are required to bring all of their   me and we will provide that to you.
of the year, I think it is                                                     own bedding, snacks, extra water, toiletries, clothing and
worthwhile to share some                                                       medication, and keep all of that contained in the assigned
additional information                                                         20 square feet of space. If you do not live in substandard
about how you can plan                                                         housing or are not located in an evacuation area, you may
and be prepared for these                                                      be far better off sheltering at home.
unwelcome weather events.                                                      	 The following links will take you to information on
	 As I have mentioned                                                          hurricane preparedness and shelters:
before, the Division of                                               
Emergency Management remains at the ready for any                     
potential disaster events be they weather or otherwise.                        Shelters.aspx
During activation for a hurricane, the Emergency                      
Operations Center (EOC) is your local clearinghouse for                        Special-Needs.aspx
the latest, up-to-the-minute information on storm watches             
and warnings, and the dissemination of official media                          Pages/Hurricane.aspx
advisories. Keep this number handy for all questions and                       	 If you do live along the coast or are located in one of
concerns before, during and after a storm: (561) 712-6400.                     the more high-risk evacuation areas, talk to your friends
	 Residents should report problems to the Emergency                            or relatives who live outside of that area about staying
Information Center by calling the above number.                                with them during a storm event. You can pool resources
Representatives from police, fire, utilities and social                        and supplies and provide some comradery to one another
service agencies all work out of the EOC during activation                     while you weather the storm.
and will investigate and resolve issues reported.                              	 I encourage you to talk to people within your property
	 The county’s Public Affairs Department is one of
the many departments who ride out the emergency                                                 i
activations at the EOC, where they serve as the official
Public Information Unit (PIU), a designation required by                         Local Networking Group Seeks New Members
the National Incident Management System, a consistent
nationwide framework within the U.S. Department of                                The local Palm Beach Business Associates (PBBA), a 50-member strong business
Homeland Security.                                                             networking group that meets weekly in the Abacoa Golf Club, is seeking new
	 In addition to working directly with the media on                            additions to their group such as a pool company, physician, dry cleaner, party
information they receive from the county’s executive                           planner, veterinarian, plumber, pest control service, virtual assistant and others. Each
policy group, operations teams and municipal                                   Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., members meet for a full breakfast and refer each
representatives at the EOC, the PIU also constantly                            other business leads. There are several categories open and you can visit the group for
monitors county social media sites including Twitter @                         a complimentary breakfast by calling Club President Melissa DeStio, (772) 285-2770.
PBCGOV and @PBCDEM, and Facebook at pbcgov                                     The PBBA web site is
and pbcdem. Additionally, the PIU monitors emails at                                                                              i
	 Once you are comfortable that you have a good
personal plan in place, you’ve stocked up on all the                             CAMPBELL AND KARLIK, P.A.
essentials and have hurricane hardened your home or                                                  ATTORNEYS AT LAW
have made arrangements to stay elsewhere including
your pets, make sure you have taken into account your
relatives or friends who are vulnerable, elderly, or alone.
Do they have a safe place to stay during a storm? If a
loved one resides in an assisted living facility or nursing
home, does that facility have an emergency plan? Is that
facility hurricane hardened?
	 Sadly, in the aftermath of our brush with Hurricane
Irma last fall, county officials heard reports that frail,
elderly residents were being dropped off at emergency
shelters immediately prior to or during the storm by either
a nursing home facility, a home health care worker, or
even a family member. As if that was not bad enough,

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