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Pembroke Pines CITY CONNECT Get Ready Now June/July 2012 Volume 1, Issue 5 A Reminder From the National Hurricane Center Hurricane Season 2012 is here and the City of Pembroke Pines is preparing for the needs of its residents. Though the last five years have been relatively kind to South Florida, it only takes one storm to remind us that Mother Nature can be brutal. “Every individual needs to take hurricane preparations seriously so that we can all work as a team to ensure that everyone, including children, neighbors, the elderly and those with special needs, stays safe this storm season,” said City Mayor Frank C. Ortis. “This is not a time for complacency.” The City Commission does all in its power to ensure that the community recovers quickly from a storm. In the event of a devastating hurricane, the City has established a Disaster Services Recovery Complex at the Howard C. Forman Human Services campus on University Drive. The Forman campus will pro- vide a self-supporting field kitchen that will have the capacity to serve 20,000 meals a day. If neighborhoods are devastated by a Category 3 or above hurricane, the City has also secured service contracts for ice and water, which will be distributed at strategic locations. In addition, the City has installed tanks with the capacity of storing 100,000 gallons of fuel at seven locations to ensure disaster response vehicles can continue to operate. Should a severe storm hit, more than 300 men and women serving in the City’s Public Services Department will work 24/7 to protect lives and property. All law enforcement and security resources will be prepared to mobilize to protect all residents. To ensure public safety on the roads, the Pembroke Pines Police Department will deploy generators and solar powered signals at critical intersections, as well as stop signs, traffic barricades and safety cones. The Public Services Department has additional generators to keep drinking water and wastewater treatment systems running, ensuring that the City’s water supply will be safe and the environment free from contaminating spills. In the weeks following a storm, City workers will be working hard to remove debris so that streets are clear and safe. “Though our City is ready to jump into action should a hurricane strike, it’s equally important that each of our residents take responsibility to ensure the safety of their homes and lives by being prepared,” added Vice Mayor Carl Shechter. “Don’t wait until a hurricane is bearing down to begin preparations and making plans.” For more information on hurricane preparedness, go to What is a Hurricane? A hurricane is a type of tropical cyclone, which is a generic term for a low pressure system that generally forms in the tropics. The cyclone is accompanied by thunderstorms and, in the Northern Hemisphere, a counterclockwise circulation of winds near the earth’s surface. Tropical cyclones are classified as follows: Tropical Depression: An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph or less. Tropical Storm: An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39-73 mph. Hurricane: An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher. Hurricanes are categorized according to the strength of their winds using the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale. A Category 1 storm has the lowest wind speeds, while a Category 5 hurricane has the strongest. These are relative terms, however, because lower category storms can sometimes inflict greater damage than higher category storms, depending on where they strike and the particular hazards they bring. In fact, tropical storms can also produce significant damage and loss of life, mainly due to flooding. Pembroke Pines City Commission From left to right: Angelo Castillo (District 4), Jay Schwartz (District 2), Mayor Frank C. Ortis, Iris A. Siple (District 3), Carl Shechter (Vice Mayor – District 1) Mayor Frank C. Ortis 954-435-6505 ……. Commissioners: Carl Shechter, Vice Mayor 954-436-3266 ...... Angelo Castillo 954-436-3266 ………. Jay Schwartz 954-436-3266 .....….. Iris A. Siple 954-436-3266 ..............… City Manager: Charles F. Dodge 954-431-4884 ….......….

City Connect June July 2012 Volume 1 Issue 5

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