It is an honor and privilege to be your voice and to represent you, the citizens of our coastal and inland communities from Deerfield Beach to Fort Lauderdale. As your County Commissioner, I look forward to continuing to improve your quality of life by focusing on several key issues in our community. Here are some recent headlines from around Broward County.
Emergency Operations Center Tour
|Richard Perkel and|
Hurricane Season is officially here! Before the start of hurricane season, I was able to tour Broward County’s Emergency Operations Center. This is the main emergency operations center for all of Broward County. A representative from every city along with other key individuals who provide services for our community come together in this center before, during and after a hurricane. Broward County’s Emergency Management team continually assesses our community’s vulnerability for a variety of natural and human-caused hazards that can impact residents, visitors, businesses and properties. Our emergency management team is also tasked with creating response plans to address any of these hazardous events. Of special concern for South Florida is the yearly hurricane season. During hurricane season, approximately 250,000 residents live in mandatory evacuation zones, and approximately 40,000 residents live in mobile homes, making our community extra vulnerable.
Residents are strongly encouraged to develop an emergency plan before a storm is headed our way, and make sure to update this emergency plan yearly.
Please check out Broward County’s Hurricane preparedness website which provides a multitude of information that can assist you in planning for any hazardous weather event that may impact our community.
10 Steps to Preparedness
- STEP 1 Hold a family meeting: Discuss the hazards of hurricanes.
- STEP 2 Discuss shelter options: Determine whether you live in an Evacuation Zone and, if so, where you will go if an evacuation order is given.
- STEP 3 Ensure your assets are protected.
- STEP 4 Assess your home for vulnerable areas.
- STEP 5 Make a plan to protect your vehicles.
- STEP 6 Secure your home.
- STEP 7 Determine whether anyone in your home has special needs.
- STEP 8 Make a plan for your pet.
|Leah Coleman and|
Regional Communications Tour
One of the top priorities of the Board of County Commissioners is the safety of our residents, visitors and businesses. Recently, I had the opportunity to take a tour of the North Regional Consolidated Dispatch Center (PSAP). The North Regional PSAP is one of three regional centers in Broward County operating under common call taking and dispatch protocols, and common technology platforms to enable closest unit response for life-threatening emergencies. When you call 911, your call is directed to one of the three PSAP’s, providing you the fastest response for your emergency.
Overall, the County has invested more than $335 million since the consolidation of E911 regional systems. This investment includes: commitments for new state-of-the-art regional public safety and local government radio systems; new radio towers; a next generation Computer Aided Dispatch system; an upgraded and enhanced 911 phone system (including Automatic Call Distribution and text-to-911); emergency dispatch protocol systems; and more than $240 million toward staffing and training.
In partnership with law enforcement and fire rescue stakeholders, the County has implanted Emergency Fire Dispatch and has installed and begun optimizing Emergency Police Dispatch protocols established by the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) which are considered the industry’s best practices. It is great to see how the E911 system is exceeding performance standards and outperforming independent dispatch centers.
| Left to right- Leah Coleman (BSO Dispatcher),|
Tara Gelsi (BSO Assistant Site Mgr.),
Tony Sabin (Broward County 911 Communications
Administrator), Commissioner Fisher, Brett Bayag
(Assistant Director), Jenna DiPlacido
(Broward County 911 Communications Mgr.)
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Lamar P. Fisher