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Community Update

June 2019 Vol. 21, No. 6

Hurricane Season is Here – Time to Prepare
Rather than wait for an emergency to happen, take proactive steps now so you’ll be Ready. Set. Safe. for hurricane season. A great starting point is the website, a comprehensive, up to date resource of everything you need to know before, during and after a hurricane. Explore the Hurricane Shopping Guide and purchase essential items over the next eight weeks to complete your Hurricane Kit with minimal impact to your budget. The Shopping Guide identifies the basic items required to comfortably sustain you and your family for 3-5 days following a storm that may leave you without power and potable water. It includes information for preparing a Hurricane Kit for infants, the elderly and pets. A “how to” guide for creating a family plan and assembling a first aid kit are also included. Find out how knowledgeable you are about hurricanes by taking the Hurricane I.Q. Test at More...

Record Number of Homeless Kids Need Your Help
Broward County and Kiwanis Divisions 23 and 24 are once again partnering for Christmas In July to benefit homeless children in our community and help them prepare for the upcoming school year. Residents are encouraged to give new clothing items, underwear, school supplies, diapers, readable books, toiletries and more at drop-off boxes located at numerous County sites throughout Broward. Of all donated items, did you know that underwear and socks are most needed, followed by jeans? Help get Broward’s homeless kids off to a good start this fall. Bring your donations to any Broward County Library, Government Center, regional and Main courthouse, through June 28th. Visit for additional drop-off locations and needed items. You can also make monetary donations through PayPal at

FLL Named Economic Development Partner of the Year
Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) was named the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance’s 2019 Economic Development Partner of the Year. The annual Alliance award honors organizations that have demonstrated a major commitment to economic development in Broward County. For the past two years, FLL has been the fastest-growing large-hub airport in the United States. Since 2013, passenger traffic has increased by more than 12 million passengers annually, a whopping 53 percent increase. More than 15,000 employees work at FLL, of which 75 percent reside in the County. FLL generates 255,386 direct, indirect, and induced jobs resulting in a total economic impact of $37.5 billion annually. View video. Visit More...

BARC Tackles Growing Demand for Addiction Recovery Services
Last month, Broward Addiction Recovery Center (BARC) celebrated its 46th anniversary providing addiction recovery services for the residents of Broward County. Through its humble beginnings in 1973 to today, it’s estimated that over 100,000 Broward residents have received care at BARC. On August 27, 2018, BARC opened its new Central facility, 17 years in the planning, in Fort Lauderdale. Since opening the new facility with enhanced services and capacity, BARC has served approximately 5,000 individuals, an increase of about 20 percent over the previous year. Visit

Get Paid to Upgrade Your Irrigation System
Qualifying Broward County residents who want to make improvements to their home irrigation system can receive rebates ranging from $200 to $600 on a first-come, first-served basis. The County has introduced a new Irrigation Improvement Rebate Program promoting high-tech EPA WaterSense® labeled devices such as weather-based timers and pressure regulating sprinklers for residential use. Participants can choose from four different rebate options. To be eligible for the rebate program, homeowners must have a working sprinkler system, must irrigate using metered city water, and must reside in a participating municipal partner area. Visit More...

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​​​​​Award Winning Career Services
Broward County Human Resources’ Open House Program makes it convenient and easy for job seekers to connect with the County by bringing recruitment services out to the community. The program provides a personalized approach to hiring by providing job candidates an opportunity to network with County staff about various job profiles, meet County’s benefit vendors, and utilize no-cost job services on-site such as resumé critiquing and application assistance. The Open House Program is a 2019 NACo Achievement Award winner for innovation and efficiency. Visit for the latest job openings and recruitment news. Follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and keep up with County Careers on Linked in. For more information contact Nick Cowart at

BrowardCounty@YourService highlights the programs and services of the County Commission that may be of interest to residents.​​​​​​​​​

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