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  • Driver training on the new hybrid buses for Dial-a-Ride begun. Buses to begin road service in

April. Transit, Veterans & Family Services Center customer survey results completed. Public Safety

  • Animal Control:

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      Presentation to BOCC seeking direction in regards to our animal sheltering needs. Prompted to renegotiate the proposal that was submitted by Animal Welfare League to County last year in an effort to sustain our contract with them. Reduce proposal by 30%.

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        Hosted round-table discussion involving Captain Tom Lewis of Punta Gorda Police Department. This was to increase communications and teamwork between agencies.

  • Emergency Management:

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        Director and staff met with group from Lee & Collier Counties who started an initiative called “Retrofit Southwest Florida”. Patterned after a similar effort in the Pensacola area (Rebuild Northwest Florida) in the wake of Hurricane Ivan (2004), the group hopes to secure federal grants to assist homeowners in hardening their properties. They were seeking our endorsement of the concept, which after conversation with officials of Escambia County, we provided.

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        Coordinator and Director met with Florida Power & Light discussed critical facilities restoration priorities. This is annual strategic planning session with electric utility, making sure they understand what areas we want attention focused on in post-disaster setting. We have developed relationship with their team and we know they can be counted on when conditions warrant.

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        Director & Coordinator met with East Englewood couple (Mark & Carol Runyon) who agreed to take over as the leadership team for our Volunteer Animal Rescue group and pet-friendly shelter at the Port Charlotte Middle School. They are presently recruiting additional team members to assist in this vital endeavor. They are long-time members of this disaster puzzle.

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        Director and Coordinator met representatives of Fl Div. of Emergency Mgt, discussed Hazard Analysis & Capability Assessment portion of our recently submitted Comp Emergency Mgt Plan (CEMP). Plan, required by law to be updated and formally reviewed every 4 yrs was submitted to State and 90% approved. The final approval letter should come to us in a few weeks.

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        Director spoke to various community groups during month: Pt Charlotte Women’s Club, Operation Cooper Street Parents, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program and the Port Charlotte Kiwanis.

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        Coordinator held several planning and coordination meetings with Safety Team from Fl International Air Show. Meetings held in our facility and involved 30 some reps of Air Show.

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        Hosted 2010 Class of Junior Leadership Charlotte in tour of EOC and Public Safety Building -22 members of the class representing 3 public and 1 private high schools. All juniors, the students were given brief primer in what happens when disasters loom and how the Emergency Operations Center is utilized to manage the events leading up to and following various events.

  • Fire/EMS:

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        Charlotte County Fire/EMS Public Education Div working with Edison State College with EMT and Paramedic programs as to child injuries, due to improper restraint of children in vehicles. Program teaches type of injuries that can happen when not properly restraint and how restraints will stop serious injuries by proven facts.

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        Department conducting fire safety checks in residential homes to assist homeowners as to fire hazards and safe storage of flammable liquids and chemicals in homes. We also have installed 7 new smoke detectors in several homes in the month of March through our in-house Fire Alarm program that is offered to all residents.

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Installation of erosion

control and the survey layout work was started. Sixteen acres have been cleared and grubbed between Airport Road and the Charlotte County Speedway. Over 2,000 cubic yards of fill has been used to raise the road base and excavation began on a large drainage canal along the roadway.

Monthly Report, March 2010

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