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The Singles Scene Column©                                                                                                             Commissioner’s

By Kelly Leary©, Founder of Revolution Dating                   	 1. You are getting older and there is nothing you can do            Update
                                                                about it!
THE Summer of Love is On!                                       	 2. Isolation can happen in and out of a relationship and it is      Division Of Emergency
                                                                not good for your health.
	 “If a June night                                              	 3. This is a couple’s world. Period.                                Management – Working To
could talk, it would                                            	 4. You DESERVE happiness too, and happiness varies
probably boast it invented                                      directly to connectedness.                                            Keep You Safe
romance.”~~Bern Williams                                        	 5. There are no guarantees in life or dating. So do it anyways.
	 Do you want to have                                           	 My hope is that if you find yourself filled with worrisome          By County Commissioner
the BEST summer ever? I                                         thoughts about dating again, that you can take comfort in             Hal Valeche
can show you how, but first                                     knowing that you, or I, or they “really don’t know” what is           	 Each year, the official
let’s do a little self-analysis.                                to come either when they start dating again. Do you get it?           start of hurricane season
Do you sometimes feel                                           Everyone feels the SAME way about dating. No one likes it.            shifts our focus to our
like your love life is either                                   That’s where we come make it easier for you and to take       preparations for major storm
non-existent or like you                                        the guessing games and the search off the table. If you don’t         events that may occur. One
are swimming in a pool of                                       try to get out there again, despite the sharks in the waters, you     county division whose key
sharks? Do you think these                                      will always be alone. That is just no fun--especially at the kick     role is to remain in constant
feelings get better or worse                                    off of The Summer of Love 2018!                                       preparation for hurricanes
over time? Typically, if we do nothing to change the game,      	 REV it up this summer. Get smart. Date smart. Join us for           and other potential weather
your emotions towards your love life will only get worse.       our 5thAnnual Summer Camp forAdult Singles and/or for one-            events and disasters is the Division of Emergency
Whether you are in a bad relationship or no relationship at     on-one setups.Your odds of meeting quality people this summer         Management (DEM), which operates under the Department
all, the longer you let it go on, the worse you feel. Compare   will be magnified many times over. Remember, we can’t help            of Public Safety.
it to a medical issue. Ignore it and it will get worse. Make    you unless you help yourself. Listen to your doctor. Listen to        	 The Division of Emergency Management continuously
a doctor appointment--face the facts--and likely your fear      your matchmaker (THE Florida Matchmaker in this case). Call           reviews our systems and programs to improve education,
isn’t half as bad as the reality. Take your medicine, get your  today to reserve your private interview where we can talk more        planning, and response to the community. This includes
diagnosis and the prognosis is good! Ignore the doctor, don’t   about how we will make this a summer to remember--together!           extensive reviews of past emergency activations. The Board
follow the normal protocol and your situation will decline.     Looking forward to hearing from you! Don’t be shy, we are as          of County Commissioners recently engaged in a workshop
Let more time go by and you will be paralyzed by fear and       nice as apple pie!                                                    with county staff and discussed specific lessons learned
worst case scenarios about your health.                                                                                               following Hurricane Irma. With the county now assuming
	 Compare this to your love life. Isn’t it all much the                                                                  XoXo, Kelly  a larger role in running and staffing emergency shelters, it
same? (Not to mention...LOVE is good for your health!)          # Re v Up Yo u r S u m m e r # S u m m e r Of L o v e 2 0 1 8         has become clear where we need to beef up those systems.
The longer someone stays in a bad relationship or no            #RevolutionDating #TellYourFriends                                    The county is looking for additional space to provide more
relationship, the harder it will be, the bigger the fears, and  	 Kelly Leary, Founder & President of Revolution Dating,              pet shelters, and personnel to address medical issues that
the worse the prognosis will be! At some point there comes      has a master’s degree in psychology and 27 successful years           arise at general shelters in addition to the special needs
a time where you must face the facts head-on, grab the bull     in the dating industry. A top matchmaker, now known as                shelter, along with other measures to help fine-tune the
by the horns and go after what is right in this world for       The Florida Matchmaker, she has been profiled by ABC                  shelter services. This includes coordinating efforts with
YOU. There is nothing to fear but fear itself. Go jump in the   News, The Palm Beach Post, PalmBeacher Magazine, The                  our emergency management partners in the municipalities.
water. The sharks won’t get you unless you seek them out        South Florida Business Journal, and numerous other media              	 The officials with DEM are expanding our public
in the muddy waters of online dating (for example). Raise       outlets. Call now to begin your summer of love at 561-630-            information efforts and are making materials accessible
your standards and go for a swim in nice waters! After all      XOXO (9696) in the Palm Beaches, 772-932-HERE (4373)                  through community outreach events and presentations.
it’s Summer!                                                    on the Treasure Coast or 954-420-XOXO in the Southern                 Materials include videos, pamphlets, and giveaway items
	 Here are FIVE reasons to propel you out of your               Florida Area. You may also visit their informative website            that cover topics that include what to bring to a shelter, how
comfort zone:                                                   at All inquiries are private and            to sign up for AlertPBC, accessing ReadyPBC, and making
                                                                confidential.                                                         an emergency plan.
  Licensed and Insured                                                                                                                	 Websites and social media really help spread the word.
                                                                                                                                      ReadyPBC ( is DEM’s hurricane
                                                                                                                                      website, which provides information on everything a Palm
                                                                                                                                      Beach County resident needs to know regarding hazards
                                                                                                                                      and how to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate them.
                                                                                                                                      AlertPBC ( is the sign-up webpage
                                                                                                                                      for customized emergency alerts and notifications through
                                                                                                                                      phone calls, text messages and email used to notify you
                                                                                                                                      about imminent threats to health and safety affecting your
                                                                                                                                      locations or work environments. These notifications can
                                                                                                                                      include severe weather, flooding, gas leaks, and police
                                                                                                                                      activity. If you do not have Internet access, DEM can
                                                                                                                                      provide a printed form to you to complete and return by
                                                                                                                                      fax or email. The personal information you submit for
                                                                                                                                      this service is protected and will not be used for any other
                                                                                                                                      	 You can follow the division’s Facebook page at /
                                                                                                                                      pbcdem, or their Twitter account @pbcdem where DEM
                                                                                                                                      posts two to three times weekly on both social media
                                                                                                                                      platforms on a variety of items from disaster preparedness
                                                                                                                                      to county events.
                                                                                                                                      	 The county’s online link,
                                                                                                                                      publicsafety/dem/ connects you with the Hurricane
                                                                                                                                      Survival Guide, which covers shutters and home
                                                                                                                                      reinforcement, shelters, information for older adults and
                                                                                                                                      those with special needs, preparing your yard, pet safety,
                                                                                                                                      suggested shopping lists, evacuation zone guides, and other
                                                                                                                                      practical checklists and contact information.
                                                                                                                                      	 The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
                                                                                                                                      updated the flood maps for Palm Beach County in 2017
                                                                                                                                      and this information available through DEM can assist you
                                                                                                                                      in determining if you are in a special flood hazard area,
                                                                                                                                      requiring flood insurance. It may surprise you to know that
                                                                                                                                      in the past five years, all 50 states have experienced floods
                                                                                                                                      or flash floods, so whether or not you reside in a high-risk
                                                                                                                                      zone or outside of a flood zone, you should consider flood
                                                                                                                                      insurance for your home. Just a few inches of water from
                                                                                                                                      a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
                                                                                                                                      You can obtain more information at the Building Division’s
                                                                                                                                      Flood Zone Request Line by calling (561) 233-5374 or
                                                                                                                                      	 If your neighborhood or property owners association
                                                                                                                                      would like more information or would be interested in
                                                                                                                                      having a DEM official speak at an upcoming meeting of
                                                                                                                                      your members, please let me know. As always, if I can be of
                                                                                                                                      any assistance to you, please contact me at (561) 355-2201
                                                                                                                                      or by email at
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