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Page 2, PGA C.A.N.!                                                   July 2018                                                                                                                                                      July 2018



         Editorial Board                                Commissioner’s Update from page 1


                                                           Residents should report problems to the Emergency
                                                                                                           facility have an emergency plan? Is that facility hurricane
                                                        Information Center by calling the above number.    in an assisted living facility or nursing home, does that
         Editor:       James A. Cioffi                  Representatives from police, fire, utilities and social   hardened?
                       james@jcclaw.com                 service agencies all work out of the EOC during activation      Sadly, in the aftermath of our brush with Hurricane
         Feature Writers:  Dawn Levinstein, POA         and will investigate and resolve issues reported.  Irma last fall, county officials heard reports that frail,
                       Commissioner Hal R. Valeche         The county’s Public Affairs Department is one of   elderly residents were being dropped off at emergency
                       O’Neal Bardin Jr.
                       Tom Murphy                       the many departments who ride out the emergency    shelters immediately prior to or during the storm by either
         Contributing                                   activations at the EOC, where they serve as the official   a nursing home facility, a home health care worker, or
         Reporter:     Don Kiselewski                   Public Information Unit (PIU), a designation required by   even a family member. As if that was not bad enough,
                                                        the National Incident Management System, a consistent   these elderly persons arrived at the shelter without
            Your editors strongly believe that the number   nationwide  framework  within  the U.S.  Department  of   so much as a blanket. That, in my view, is a very sad
         of people who do become involved with any      Homeland Security.                                 commentary. Remember, as Emergency Management
         news medium directly reflects on that medium’s      In addition to working directly with the media on   Director Bill Johnson has said, the emergency shelters
         excellence, versatility and broad viewpoint.   information they receive from the county’s executive policy   activated during hurricane events should be considered
         Therefore, we invite PGA residents to contribute
         articles or current, timely news items and/or   group, operations teams and municipal representatives at   a life raft, not a cruise ship. Shelters – quickly assembled
         “Letters to the Editors.”                      the EOC, the PIU also constantly monitors county social   in designated public schools – are equipped with limited
            Articles/letters are subject to editing and editors’   media sites including Twitter @PBCGOV and @PBCDEM,   supplies, and evacuees are required to bring all of their
         right to publish. Submission must include writer’s   and Facebook at pbcgov and pbcdem. Additionally, the PIU   own bedding, snacks, extra water, toiletries, clothing and
         name, address and telephone number. Unsigned articles   monitors emails at public@pbcgov.org.     medication, and keep all of that contained in the assigned
         /letters will not be published. Opposing views to article      Once you are comfortable that you have a good   20 square feet of space. If you do not live in substandard
         viewpoints contained in this paper are welcome.   personal plan in place, you’ve stocked up on all the   housing or are not located in an evacuation area, you may
         Articles do not necessarily represent the viewpoint   essentials and have hurricane hardened your home or have   be far better off sheltering at home.
         of the C.A.N.! organization. Submissions should   made arrangements to stay elsewhere including your pets,      The following links will take you to information on
         be mailed or delivered by the tenth of each month   make sure you have taken into account your relatives or   hurricane preparedness and shelters:
         for the following month’s publication (example: by   friends who are vulnerable, elderly, or alone. Do they have   http://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/Publications/ch20sc.
         January 10 for February publication) to:
            C.A.N.! Editors                             a safe place to stay during a storm? If a loved one resides   pdf
            Post Office Box 33436                                                                            http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/
            Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420 or                                                                Shelters.aspx
            Contact the publisher for additional information                                                 http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/
         regarding submissions, fax (561) 627-9088 or e-mail                                               Special-Needs.aspx
         canpga@yahoo.com.                                                                                   http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/animalcare/
            Let’s hear from you.                                                                           Pages/Hurricane.aspx
                                                                                                              If you do live along the coast or are located in one of
                                                                                                           the more high-risk evacuation areas, talk to your friends
                                                                                                           or relatives who live outside of that area about staying
                                                                                                           with them during a storm event. You can pool resources
                                                                                                           and supplies and provide some comradery to one another
                                                                                                           while you weather the storm.
                                                                                                              I encourage you to talk to people within your property
                                                                                                           owners associations or neighborhood groups to identify
                                                                                                           neighbors who are elderly, alone or infirm and who may
                                                                                                           need assistance.
                                                                                                              As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance
                                                                                                           at (561) 355-2201 or by email at hvaleche@pbcgov.org.
                                                                                                           If you do not have access to the Internet and would like
                                                                                                           some printed information, please do not hesitate to call
                                                                                                           me and we will provide that to you.














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