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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   better off sheltering at home.
      is a full six months of the year,                  constantly monitors county social media sites including Twitter     The following links will take you to information on hurricane
      I think it is worthwhile to share                  @PBCGOV and @PBCDEM, and Facebook at pbcgov and   preparedness and shelters:
      some additional information                        pbcdem. Additionally, the PIU monitors emails at public@
      about how you can plan and be                                           
      prepared for these unwelcome                         Once you are comfortable that you have a good personal   aspx
      weather events.                                    plan in place, you’ve stocked up on all the essentials and have
        As I have mentioned before,                      hurricane hardened your home or have made arrangements to   Needs.aspx
      the Division of Emergency                          stay elsewhere including your pets, make sure you have taken
      Management remains at the                          into account your relatives or friends who are vulnerable, elderly,   Hurricane.aspx
      ready for any potential disaster events be they weather or   or alone. Do they have a safe place to stay during a storm?     If you do live along the coast or are located in one of the more
      otherwise. During activation for a hurricane, the Emergency   If a loved one resides in an assisted living facility or nursing   high-risk evacuation areas, talk to your friends or relatives who
      Operations Center (EOC) is your local clearinghouse for the   home, does that facility have an emergency plan? Is that facility   live outside of that area about staying with them during a storm
      latest, up-to-the-minute information on storm watches and   hurricane hardened?                      event. You can pool resources and supplies and provide some
      warnings, and the dissemination of official media advisories.     Sadly, in the aftermath of our brush with Hurricane Irma last   comradery to one another while you weather the storm.
      Keep this number handy for all questions and concerns before,   fall, county officials heard reports that frail, elderly residents     I encourage you to talk to people within your property owners
      during and after a storm: (561) 712-6400.          were being dropped off at emergency shelters immediately   associations or neighborhood groups to identify neighbors who
        Residents should report problems to the Emergency   prior to or during the storm by either a nursing home facility, a   are elderly, alone or infirm and who may need assistance.
      Information Center by calling the above number. Representatives   home health care worker, or even a family member. As if that     As always, please contact me if I can be of assistance at
      from police, fire, utilities and social service agencies all work out   was not bad enough, these elderly persons arrived at the shelter   (561) 355-2201 or by email at If you
      of the EOC during activation and will investigate and resolve   without so much as a blanket. That, in my view, is a very sad   do not have access to the Internet and would like some printed
      issues reported.                                   commentary. Remember, as Emergency Management Director   information, please do not hesitate to call me and we will provide
        The county’s Public Affairs Department is one of the many   Bill Johnson has said, the emergency shelters activated during   that to you.
      departments who ride out the emergency activations at the EOC,   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:
                                                           Studies show that the more you hole up in your room, the
      Answers                                            lower your spirits will sink. For one study, researchers asked
                                                         20 individuals suffering from major depressive disorders to
      By Katherine Wei                                   go on a nearby hour-long walk – some in natural settings and
        In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, we looked   some in urban environments. Not surprisingly, the nature-
      into studies that demonstrate the real connection between   walking group reported significant upticks in overall mood,
      time spent in the great outdoors and mental well-being. Here   and in memory span, too.

                                                                                                                                       Photo by wildpixel/iStock

                                                                                                             Greener living environments also have a positive impact
                                                                                                           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
         561-743-0070                                           “Service is our number                     who surveyed 123 employees in the very-bikeable city of
                                                                                                           Montreal, cycling to work can indeed alleviate those Monday
                                                                        one priority”                      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

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