IN THIS ISSUE: Important This is Hurricane Preparedness Week

DISCLAIMER: This is a communication by Mayor Eugene Flinn and is not an official communication of the Village of Palmetto Bay.  The accuracy of the contents has not been verified by the Village Government. Other Council Members or Village officials may not be aware of the contents of this communication.
  • Hurricane Preparedness Week is Here! 
  • The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, June 1, 2018 and extends through Thursday, June 7, 2018. 
  • Palmetto Bay's Hurricane Work shop scheduled for June 9th
  • Resources for Monitoring Hurricanes/Storms
  • Hurricane Evaluation A, B or C? - Know your evacuation zone
  • What you should do to prepare for storm season (partial list)
  • What your Mayor and Palmetto Bay are doing to prepare (partial list)
      
Please prepare now for Hurricane Season and avoid the headache - or worse - heartache later.

There is no better time than the present to prepare for the 2018 Hurricane Season. 

A single storm can cause more than just dollars in damages.  It can cost human lives. We know from experience that people are more likely to be safer and have the ability to recover more quickly when they are properly prepared. 

I am also pleased to announce that we are preparing to host (Palmetto Bay's 9th - per staff) Hurricane Preparedness Workshop on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Our special guest speaker will be Peabody and Emmy award-winning Meteorologist and Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross.

I have provided you with links below [as well as posted on my blog (CLICK HERE) for the resource links or (CLICK HERE) to view past posts relative to Disaster Preparedness)]. You should have your disaster preparedness kit and have a plan to keep your family safe.  Is your insurance coverage adequate? Those living near the coast should be familiar with the applicable evacuation routes.  Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for yourself, your family and your pets.  By making proper preparations, you will allow the first responders to focus on helping the most vulnerable residents. 

I am proud of the efforts of Team Palmetto Bay and the preparations through the administration, Manager Ed Silva and the team. Our Village Policing Unit, Public Services, Parks, Code Enforcement, Building and Permitting all have important roles to play.  Our Palmetto Bay disaster teams are active before, during and after storms. 

You can count on me to shelter in place and be ready to immediately participate in post storm activity.  
  
Note that Palmetto Bay is part of Miami-Dade County and participates in their Emergency Management operations.  I have been notified that voluntary evacuation orders may be issued by the County as early as Wednesday, 9/6.  If these voluntary evacuation orders are issued for Palmetto Bay, and if you decide to evacuate, you may prefer to relocate to friends or family located safely outside the evacuation areas. 

Visit our   Hurricane Preparedness Page for information on Hurricane Irma
where you can find information on evacuation orders & shelters, flood zones, canals, Village closings, and other important information.

  - Each year, Miami-Dade County publishes the list of Hurricane Evacuation Centers throughout the county, including Special Needs Shelters in English, Spanish, and Creole.  You can filed this information posted on the Palmetto Bay web site:

*2017 Evacuation Centers- Please remember that not all evacuation centers will open when an evacuation order is announced.  For a list of OPEN SHELTERS, monitor the local radio or television, or dial 3-1-1 (TDD (305) 468-5402)

*People who require special assistance in evacuating can dial 3-1-1 to get information about specialized evacuation centers.

Miami-Dade County also offers Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers for residents living in evacuation areas, unsafe structures or mobile homes. A family member must stay with the pet. For more information, call 311 or visit Animal Services Department's page on disaster preparedness for pets.

Town of Cutler Bay Hurricane Preparedness Page
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS Page - important links

Please take the time to review Palmetto Bay on-line -
the Village of Palmetto Bay Disaster Preparedness Guide:

Village of Pinecrest Hurricane Preparedness Page
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS Page - important links
Listen to Pinecrest Radio on your car radio at 1590 AM. The station regularly broadcasts announcements and, during an emergency, will provide important information to Pinecrest residents. 

Miami-Dade County's Emergency pages - Hurricane preparedness:

What about your pets?  Pet Disaster Preparedness 

Download the tip sheet from Miami-Dade Animal Services, Disaster Preparedness - Animal Supplies Checklist:

FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency. U.S. Department of Homeland Security: Plan and prepare for a disaster: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/information/disaster-types/hurricane 

Miami-Dade Alerts 

Miami-Dade County has some important resources to help keep you informed and prepared, like the free Hurricane Guide and Miami-Dade Alerts, a wireless emergency alerting system.  Internet users can register for this free service and receive local weather and hurricane alerts. 

I encourage everyone to register online at http://www.miamidade.gov/alerts/

I can always be reached via e-mail at eflinn@palmettobay-fl.gov or via phone at (305) 302-3713 to address your concerns. 

Stay prepared and stay safe.  We are more than a mere municipal government.  Please watch out for your friends and neighbors, especially those with special needs!

Very truly yours,

Eugene Flinn, Mayor
Resources - Monitoring Storms
From the Flinn Blog:

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS:

For Evacuation Assistance: 311 (people requiring special needs shelters must register in advance)

Answer Center                    311

Rumor control:                   311


Emergency Management      305-468-5400

FP&L   (800-4OUTAGE)        800-468-8243

Florida City Gas                   305-691-8710

State Volunteer Hot-line:      1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571)

Elder Affairs:                       1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)

Dept. of Financial Services Insurance Claim Hotline:
                                          1-800-22-STORM (227-8676)

Price Gouging Hot-Line:       1-866-966-7226 or file a complaint:myfloridalegal.com/contact.nsf/contact


Veterans Who Need Assistance: 1800-507-4571

Find Gas - Gas Buddy - get the APP

FEMA Assistance: 1-800-621-3362  - Get the APP

 
The 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday begins Friday, June 1, 2018 and extends through Thursday, June 7, 2018.

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items rela ted to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.

For more information and a list of qualifying items, please see the Department of Revenue's Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2018 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
Hurricane Evaluation A, B or C? - Know your evacuation zone

CLICK HERE to view the County Evacuation map - Palmetto Bay is located within zones A, B, & C.  You can download this map to determine the zone you reside. 
 
Weather Underground

There are many good sources - I personally find Weather Underground to be my go to source online 
Please don't wait until the last minute - here is a list of items that should be done now.  Here is what officials at the Village of Palmetto Bay are doing to prepare for this 2018 storm season
Some steps we all should take now:
  • Review and trim trees as necessary on private property, call 311 for trees on public property - please do not wait for storm warnings to trim and stack.
  • Gather important documents for safe-keeping - safely place in secure locations, possibly in watertight bags.
  • Check insurance policies for adequate coverage
  • Consider flood insurance (policy becomes effective 30 days from purchase)
  • Meet your neighbors (you may need to help each other in an emergency) - and it's always good practice.
  • Create or review your family plan, including contact information - know where to call in if family gets out of contact, separated.
What your Mayor and Village of Palmetto Bay are doing now:
  • Raising awareness about hurricane preparedness - including preparing to host (Palmetto Bay's 9th) Hurricane Preparedness Workshop on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. We're pleased to announce that our special guest speaker will be Peabody and Emmy award-winning Meteorologist and Hurricane Specialist Bryan Norcross.
  • Reviewing and cleaning storm drains
  • Reviewing emergency plans
  • Reviewing and updating our training for staff on emergency response 
  • Reviewing and trimming trees in parks and other public areas
  • Identifying sources of post-storm supplies
  • Reviewing and updating emergency debris removal agreements
  • Updating with FEMA, Miami-Dade County, FPL, and other agencies/utilities
PALMETTO BAY - public meetings 
CLICK HERE to view the official Public Meetings notification page for the Village of Palmetto Bay.

Updates on various meetings are posted on this page as well as agendas for each meeting. The 'Quick Links' for on this page will take you to:

    Regular Council Meeting
    Special Council Meeting
    Zoning Hearing
    Committee of the Whole
    Town Hall Meetings
    Sunshine Meetings
    Advisory Committee Meetings
    Community & Business Meetings/Events
    Annual Calendar: Regular Council Meetings
    Annual Calendar: Zoning Hearings
    Annual Calendar: COW Workshops
    Annual Calendar: Special Master Hearings
    Agendas & Minutes
    Village Clerk webpage
OTHER NEWS THAT MAY BE OF INTEREST 
LINKS OF INTEREST
As always...
Thank you for your continued interest in our wonderful South Dade community! Please feel free to pass my personal e-news onto other interested persons using the "forward email" link at the bottom of email. Anyone can ask to be added or deleted from this personal e-mail by clicking "update profile" or  "safe unsubscribe".

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Sincerely, 
Eugene Flinn
Palmetto Bay Mayor Eugene Flinn | Email | Website
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This is a communication by Mayor Eugene Flinn and is not an official communication of the Village of Palmetto Bay.  The accuracy of the contents has not been verified by the Village Government. Other Council Members or Village officials may not be aware of the contents of this communication.

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