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Commissioner’s Update

Hurricane Season – A Way Of                                            where they serve as the official Public Information Unit (PIU),      ship. Shelters – quickly assembled in designated public schools
                                                                       a designation required by the National Incident Management           – are equipped with limited supplies, and evacuees are required
Life In South Florida                                                  System, a consistent nationwide framework within the U.S.            to bring all of their own bedding, snacks, extra water, toiletries,
                                                                       Department of Homeland Security.                                     clothing and medication, and keep all of that contained in the
By Commissioner Hal                                                    	 In addition to working directly with the media on information      assigned 20 square feet of space. If you do not live in substandard
Valeche                                                                they receive from the county’s executive policy group, operations    housing or are not located in an evacuation area, you may be far
	 Since our hurricane season                                           teams and municipal representatives at the EOC, the PIU also
is a full six months of the year,                                      constantly monitors county social media sites including Twitter      better off sheltering at home.
I think it is worthwhile to share                                      @PBCGOV and @PBCDEM, and Facebook at pbcgov and                      	 The following links will take you to information on hurricane
some additional information                                            pbcdem. Additionally, the PIU monitors emails at public@             preparedness and shelters:
about how you can plan and be                                          pbcgov.org.                                                          	 http://discover.pbcgov.org/PDF/Publications/ch20sc.pdf
prepared for these unwelcome                                                                                                                	 http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/Shelters.
weather events.                                                        	 Once you are comfortable that you have a good personal             aspx
	 As I have mentioned before,                                          plan in place, you’ve stocked up on all the essentials and have      	 http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/dem/Pages/Special-
the Division of Emergency                                              hurricane hardened your home or have made arrangements to            Needs.aspx
Management remains at the                                              stay elsewhere including your pets, make sure you have taken         	 http://discover.pbcgov.org/publicsafety/animalcare/Pages/
ready for any potential disaster events be they weather or             into account your relatives or friends who are vulnerable, elderly,  Hurricane.aspx
otherwise. During activation for a hurricane, the Emergency                                                                                 	 If you do live along the coast or are located in one of the more
Operations Center (EOC) is your local clearinghouse for the            or alone. Do they have a safe place to stay during a storm?          high-risk evacuation areas, talk to your friends or relatives who
latest, up-to-the-minute information on storm watches and              If a loved one resides in an assisted living facility or nursing     live outside of that area about staying with them during a storm
warnings, and the dissemination of official media advisories.          home, does that facility have an emergency plan? Is that facility
Keep this number handy for all questions and concerns before,          hurricane hardened?                                                  event. You can pool resources and supplies and provide some
during and after a storm: (561) 712-6400.
	 Residents should report problems to the Emergency                    	 Sadly, in the aftermath of our brush with Hurricane Irma last      comradery to one another while you weather the storm.
Information Center by calling the above number. Representatives        fall, county officials heard reports that frail, elderly residents   	 I encourage you to talk to people within your property owners
from police, fire, utilities and social service agencies all work out  were being dropped off at emergency shelters immediately             associations or neighborhood groups to identify neighbors who
of the EOC during activation and will investigate and resolve                                                                               are elderly, alone or infirm and who may need assistance.
issues reported.                                                       prior to or during the storm by either a nursing home facility, a    	 As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance at
	 The county’s Public Affairs Department is one of the many            home health care worker, or even a family member. As if that         (561) 355-2201 or by email at hvaleche@pbcgov.org. If you
departments who ride out the emergency activations at the EOC,         was not bad enough, these elderly persons arrived at the shelter     do not have access to the Internet and would like some printed
                                                                       without so much as a blanket. That, in my view, is a very sad        information, please do not hesitate to call me and we will provide
                                                                       commentary. Remember, as Emergency Management Director
                                                                       Bill Johnson has said, the emergency shelters activated during       that to you.

                                                                       hurricane events should be considered a life raft, not a cruise

Can Getting Outside Really Improve Your Mental Wellness?

For Mental Health Awareness                                            are some specific ways to channel it to your benefit.
Month, We Set Out To Find                                              If You’re Battling Anxiety And/Or Depression:
Answers
                                                                       	 Studies show that the more you hole up in your room, the
By Katherine Wei                                                       lower your spirits will sink. For one study, researchers asked
	 In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we looked                 20 individuals suffering from major depressive disorders to
into studies that demonstrate the real connection between              go on a nearby hour-long walk – some in natural settings and
time spent in the great outdoors and mental well-being. Here           some in urban environments. Not surprisingly, the nature-
                                                                       walking group reported significant upticks in overall mood,
                                                                       and in memory span, too.

                                                                                                                                            Photo by wildpixel/iStock

561-743-0070                                                           “Service is our number                                               	 Greener living environments also have a positive impact
                                                                             one priority”
                                                                                                                                            on people who’ve endured recent stressful experiences. This

                                                                                                                                            study found that green spaces function as a type of “buffer”

                                                                                                                                            from stressful life events, with the power to help restore one’s

                                                                                                                                            mental wellness.

                                                                                                                                            If You’re Seeking Another Reason To Get More Active:
                                                                                                                                            	 It’s never too late to pedal your way into a new commuting
                                                                                                                                            routine or weekend hobby. According to three researchers
                                                                                                                                            who surveyed 123 employees in the very-bikeable city of
                                                                                                                                            Montreal, cycling to work can indeed alleviate those Monday
                                                                                                                                            blues. For their study, they recorded the moods and stress
                                                                                                                                            levels of participants – who biked, drove, or took public
                                                                                                                                            transportation to work – throughout the day. Not only did
                                                                                                                                            the cyclist-commuters show lower stress levels than other

                                                                                                                                            commuters, but also those positive effects lasted throughout
                                                                                                                                            the workday. If you’re still hesitant to make a bicycle your
                                                                                                                                            primary mode of transport, here are some podcasts that might
                                                                                                                                            get you in the mood: The Cycling Podcast, Roam Rydes, Tales

                                                                                                                                            Can Getting Outside Really Improve Your Mental Wellness?
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