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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

      Life In South Florida                              so much as a blanket. That, in my view, is a very sad   neighbors who are elderly, alone or infirm and who may
                                                         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 hvaleche@pbcgov.org.
      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                             http://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/Publications/ch20sc.pdf
      Emergency Management remains at the ready for any     http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/
      potential disaster events be they weather or otherwise.   Shelters.aspx
      During activation for a hurricane, the Emergency     http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/
      Operations Center (EOC) is your local clearinghouse for   Special-Needs.aspx
      the latest, up-to-the-minute information on storm watches     http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/animalcare/
      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
      activations at the EOC, where they serve as the official
      Public Information Unit (PIU), a designation required by
      the National Incident Management System, a consistent
      nationwide framework within the U.S. Department of
      Homeland Security.
        In addition to working directly with the media on
      information they receive from the county’s executive                                          i
      policy group, operations teams and municipal
      representatives at the EOC, the PIU also constantly      Local Networking Group Seeks New Members
      monitors county social media sites including Twitter @
      PBCGOV and @PBCDEM, and Facebook at pbcgov            The local Palm Beach Business Associates (PBBA), a 50-member strong business
      and pbcdem. Additionally, the PIU monitors emails at
      public@pbcgov.org.                                  networking  group that  meets weekly  in  the  Abacoa Golf Club,  is seeking new
        Once you are comfortable that you have a good     additions to their group such as a pool company, physician, dry cleaner, party
      personal plan in place, you’ve stocked up on all the   planner, veterinarian, plumber, pest control service, virtual assistant and others. Each
      essentials and have hurricane hardened your home or
      have made arrangements to stay elsewhere including   Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m., members meet for a full breakfast and refer each
      your pets, make sure you have taken into account your   other business leads. There are several categories open and you can visit the group for
      relatives or friends who are vulnerable, elderly, or alone.
      Do they have a safe place to stay during a storm? If a   a complimentary breakfast by calling Club President Melissa DeStio, (772) 285-2770.
      loved one resides in an assisted living facility or nursing   The PBBA web site is http://www.pbbainc.org.
      home, does that facility have an emergency plan? Is that
      facility hurricane hardened?                                                                  i
        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    CAMPBELL AND KARLIK, P.A.
      even a family member. As if that was not bad enough,
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