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The Tampa Bay History Center
The Tampa Bay History Center is offering free weekends for Florida’s K-12 teachers for the entire month of September. Florida teachers must show proof of school identification to gain free admission. The offer is valid between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday
There are plenty of exciting events taking place this month at the Tampa Bay History Center that teachers and community residents may be interested in. On Thursday, September 9, 2010 at 6:30 p.m., former Florida Supreme Court justice, State legislator, Hillsborough County Administrator and Tampa City Attorney, Fred Karl will hold a lecture series regarding his newly published autobiography the 57 Club: My Life in Florida Politics.
For more information regarding the lecture contact the Tampa Bay History Center at 228-0097.
You may visit the Tampa Bay History Center website here.
September Declared National Preparedness Month by Hillsborough County Commissioners
Though Tampa Bay is nearly half way through hurricane season, the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners declared September as National Preparedness Month.
Hillsborough County Emergency Management Director Larry Gispert released a statement regarding the declaration, “Although we live in paradise, we also live in harm’s way. It’s everybody’s responsibility to be prepared and we each must do everything we can physically, mentally and financially to be prepared.”
The following information was released by Hillsborough County to help you prepare for natural disasters.
Steps to Develop a National Preparedness Plan
Have a family plan – develop a family plan for how you will respond should a disaster be declared or an evacuation recommendation given. Seconds count in an emergency, so practice your plan each year.
Put together an emergency kit – this includes your medications, important papers (such as insurance information and personal identification), items to occupy your time (such as cards or a child’s favorite toy), and change of clothes.
Know your evacuation zone – there are five designated evacuation levels that are vulnerable to storm surge. Know if you are in one of these zones and what you should do if you are asked to evacuate. (Keep in mind that all mobile home residents in the county must evacuate at all evacuation levels.)
Know your evacuation route – if you are asked to evacuate, you don’t need to travel far. Just go inland far enough to get out of an evacuation zone. Plan to stay with a family member or friend. Remember, the roads will be very busy during evacuations, so plan ahead.
Plan to be self-sufficient – plan to be self-sufficient for at least three to five days after a disaster hits our area. During this time, roads may be blocked by debris; utilities, such as power, water and sewer, may be out; and local governments will be working hard to re-establish these essential services.
Pre-register for Special Needs (Medical) Shelter – certain medically dependent individuals may need to be evacuated from the affected area to Special Needs (Medical) Shelters where professional medical care can continue to be provided during the emergency. If you or a family member have physical or mental conditions that limit your ability to function independently or cannot provide for or arrange transportation or sheltering outside an evacuation area you will need to pre-register for one of Hillsborough County’s designated Special Needs shelters. Register by filling out the registration form and faxing it in or call 813-272-5900.
Plan for your pet – A Fritz Institute Survey found that 44 percent of the people who did not evacuate for Hurricane Katrina stayed, at least in part, because they did not want to leave their pets behind. There are four pet-friendly shelters in Hillsborough County. Do not leave pets home alone. It could be days or weeks before you return.
Sign up for ENews – get emergency news sent directly to your designated email account as it is released.
Other ways to directly receive Hillsborough County News is to become a Fan of Hillsborough County on Facebook. Or Follow Hillsborough County on Twitter.
You may find out more about National Preparedness Month at Ready.gov.
Hurricane Season runs through Nov. 30.
For detailed information on disaster preparedness, go to www.hillsboroughcounty.org/emergency and click on “Hurricane Information.”
Wild Dolphin Ecotours Canceled from September 7, 2010 until September 21, 2010
The Florida Aquarium announced that the Wild Dolphin Ecotours will be canceled from September 7, 2010 until September 21, 2010 for scheduled annual maintenance. The Wild Dolphin Ecotours will resume on September 22, 2010.
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