Community Update Banner - August 2014
August 2014
Vol. 16, No. 8
Photo Focus: Emergency Operations Center
Staff at the Broward County Emergency Management Division coordinates emergency planning and preparedness activities throughout the year, together with over 400 trained members of a Broward Emergency Response Team including municipalities, business partners and non-governmental organizations such as the American Red Cross. In an emergency, this team gathers at the Emergency Operations Center, a state of the art multi-agency coordination facility for countywide emergency response. The Division conducts public education and outreach so residents understand how they can be prepared and contribute to a more resilient community that can better weather a storm. There are also ways residents can participate, including by becoming a Storm Spotter or joining a Community Emergency Response Team. To learn more about emergency management, visit Broward.org/Emergency or follow us at Twitter.com/ReadyBroward. Remember hurricane season is from June 1 through November 30.
Online Workshop Helps Homeowners Prepare Their Home for an Emergency
Broward County Emergency Management Division has partnered with Florida’s Division of Emergency Management, Volunteer Florida and the Be Ready Alliance Coordinating for Emergencies, to present the BRACE for the Storm Workshop on Tuesday, August 19th, from 10AM to Noon. This free, web workshop is designed to provide information to homeowners on how to reduce damage to their homes from hurricanes and other disasters. More...

Join the Relay for Life on the Runway
Broward County Aviation Department invites you to join the fight against cancer with the American Cancer Society. A Relay For Life on the Runway will be held on Saturday, August 23rd, from 5 – 11PM on the brand new South Runway, slated to open in September. The relay is one of several community events to showcase the opening of the new South Runway. Your help is needed to raise money and commit to walking on the runway. For more information, contact Karolynn Willman-Bezanis at kwillman@broward.org. Follow all the events leading up to the Relay at facebook.com/relayforlifeontherunway. For more information, or to register visit relayforlife.org/airandseafl.

New Rail Facility Debuts at Port Everglades
The Florida East Coast Railway, LLC recently unveiled its state-of-the-art Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at Port Everglades with a grand opening ceremony featuring an exclusive firsthand view of South Florida’s new global gateway. The state-of-the-art 43-acre facility will improve the transfer of both domestic and international containers between ships and rail. Currently, these containers must be hauled off-port to rail terminals such as the current 12-acre Andrews Avenue rail yard in Fort Lauderdale or to the Hialeah rail yard in Miami-Dade County. The ICTF is expected to reduce congestion on interstate highways and local roadways because loading and offloading cargo will take place at the Port instead of offsite facilities. As a result, air emissions will be reduced by diverting an estimated 180,000 trucks from the roads by the year 2027. Visit PortEverglades.net. More...

County Small Businesses Invited to Get Certified
Do you own a business with a presence within Broward County? Does your business offer goods or services that Broward County may need? Is your business a registered vendor with Broward County? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development encourages you to apply for certification in our local small business programs, Certified Business Enterprise (CBE) or Small Business Enterprise (SBE). Program eligibility requirements, application and other resources can be found online, by visiting Broward.org/EconDev and selecting SMALL BUSINESS CERTIFICATION under “Small Business.” More...

Broward Receives National Recognition for Being Tops in Innovation and Communications
Broward County has received five Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), which recognizes innovation in county government programs. The County received awards for the drive-through tax kiosk from the Records, Taxes and Treasury Division; Wastewater Reuse Master Plan and Implementation Strategy, Go Green Seal of Sustainability and John U. Lloyd Beach State Park Dune Restoration Pilot Project, all from the Environment Planning and Community Resilience Division; and the Leadership Roundtable, from the Human Resources Division. NACo is the only national organization that represents County governments in the United States and recognizes county government initiatives that improve service delivery, achieve greater cost efficiency, provide enhanced customer service and help develop a better trained workforce. Broward County also recently received 24 awards for excellence in public communications campaigns from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Awards of Excellence Competition, more than any other locality in the country.

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