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Broward County Community Update; May 2018; Vol. 20, No. 5

Broward County Environmental Protection and Growth Management Department
Commission Initiates After-Action Review of MSD Shooting
Broward County Commissioners have chosen the Police Foundation as the independent organization to create an After-Action Report on the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. The Police Foundation will identify and review all relevant information about the event and conduct interviews, as necessary, to complete an assessment and provide a report to the County that will communicate strengths, successes, and opportunities for improvement. More…

County Website Redesign is More User Friendly
Broward County recently launched a new homepage. The new website offers more user-friendly features with a variety of enhancements to elevate the viewer’s experience. It was specifically built with a mobile audience in mind, since more than 50% of users come to Broward.org through their smart phone or tablet. Enhancements include a quick links section that takes viewers to the most frequently requested information, a new layout that optimizes the content for maximum readability and response, an augmented news site, expanded video section and County events calendar, and better connection to the County Commission with access to district maps and Commission meetings. Visit Broward.orgMore…

BCT Enhances Express Bus Service Experience
Broward County Transit has added 30 new MCI Commuter Coaches to the fleet. The new buses are being integrated into the Express Bus Service to improve your transit experience. They feature WiFi, forward-facing, high-back seats, LED reading lights, power outlets, pullout bike storage racks and wheelchair lifts. If you’re an Express Bus Service customer, we’d like to hear from you about your experience on the new coaches. Email us at BCTMarketing@Broward.org. In the coming months, BCT will rollout additional new buses expanding the fleet and services across the board. In celebration of Fleet Week at Port Everglades, BCT will provide free bus service for the military through May 6th, from 5AM-midnight on most routes. To participate, military members must be in uniform or present military identification. Visit Broward.org/BCT.

4th Annual Hurricane Preparedness Open House
Broward County’s Emergency Management Division invites you to the 4th Annual Hurricane Preparedness Open House on June 2nd, from 10AM-2PM at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale. Learn about the latest County services and enhancements that will help you better mitigate any emergency including hurricanes. The entire family will have a fun time exploring fire trucks, police vehicles and the Emergency Management Mobile Command Unit while enjoying free snacks, giveaways, raffles and more. Emergency management experts will answer your questions regarding tree trimming, so you understand your role as a homeowner and identify the best practices for pruning trees prior to the storm. Assistance will be available for residents who would like to sign up for the County’s new emergency notification system, Alert Broward, the Vulnerable Population Registry and more. For further information call 311 or 954-831-4000. Visit Broward.org/Hurricane.

There’s Something Good in the Air
Did you know that Broward County’s Environmental Engineering and Permitting Division monitors air quality to protect our overall health and well-being? Air Quality Awareness Month is the perfect opportunity to learn about ways you can reduce air pollution. Based on the Air Quality Index, the County’s air is in the “good range” more than 80% of the year; which means it is healthy to breathe and we can enjoy the outdoors most of the time. The majority of air pollution we experience comes from cars, trucks, lawn mowers and other fossil fuel burning machines. You can positively impact our air quality if you use less electricity, walk or bike more, reduce car idling time, use public transportation at least once a week, and switch from fuel burning lawn and garden appliances to electric models. Learn more about this month’s air quality programs and exhibits. More…

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Business Assistance Weekly
If you are a small business owner, or aspire to be one, e-subscribe to Business Assistance Weekly and get the inside track from Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development. This free, helpful resource provides the latest insight on the necessary skills needed to develop and manage a successful business. Each week you will find information on business development classes, training opportunities, help with business certification, business events and current bid solicitations, importing/exporting opportunities and more. The publication will arrive every Wednesday in your inbox. For questions contact 954-357-6400 or visit Broward.org/EconDev/BusinessAssistance.

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