The summer is upon is. The snowbirds have gone. The crowds are more manageable and traffic is much better. But just when you think it’s safe to go outside….guess what? It's the beginning of hurricane season!! June is an ideal time to begin hurricane preparations, because the most active months are traditionally September, October and November. We haven't had a hurricane come our way in quite awhile, but now is no time to be lax.
Hurricane Preparations - The Basics:
At the very least it's a good idea to begin purchasing non-perishable food items, bottled water, flashlights and batteries. A very useful and popular item is Broward County's Hurricane Kit Shopping Guide. The eight-week guide identifies the basic items required to comfortably sustain you and your family for 3-5 days following a storm. A "how to" guide for creating a family plan and assembling a first aid kit are also included. You can find it by visiting www.broward.org/hurricane.
Residents Encouraged To Get Connected!
To stay informed, residents are encouraged to subscribe to the Hurricane Update E-mail System. E-mail notifications will be sent to subscribers with news about hurricane watches and warnings, evacuation orders, recommended protective actions to take, and other related public safety information. You can register at www.broward.org/hurricane. You can also follow the Emergency Operations Center on Twitter. To become a follower, visit twitter.com/ReadyBroward.
A great way to beat the heat is to visit a Broward County water park. The Castaway Island Water Playground at T.Y. Park is open but due to renovation construction only the Swim Lagoon and Kiddie Pool are in use. During construction, the lagoon fee of $5 per person per day will be the entry fee to the water park. Paradise Cove Water Park at C.B. Smith Park in Pembroke Pines is open. The cost is $9.50 per person for all-day admission and $6.50 per person after 3 p.m. You can also purchase a season pass for $76 per person. The park's gate admission is $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) and will be in effect on weekends and holidays.
Inspector General Hired:
John W. Scott has been hired as Broward County’s first Inspector General. An independent selection committee chose Mr. Scott from 98 applicants. Mr. Scott previously served as Assistant Legal Counsel for the Miami-Dade County Office of Inspector General. The ethics code passed by voters in November 2010 mandated that an Office of Inspector General be created to detect misconduct involving waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement, corruption and the violation of any laws.
I hope that you have a fun and safe summer. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please call my office at 954-357-7006 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.