Did You Know? 9 Ensure Public Health, Safety and Welfare 8 Stories from the Shelter – Dunedin Highland Middle School When Hurricane Irma came through Pinellas County overnight between Sept. 10 and 11, the power went out at Dunedin Highland Middle School, a shelter for residents with special needs and pets. When generator power initially failed, employees from our Fleet Management division traveled in the midst of the storm to repair the generator, restoring power to those who needed it most. While the power was initially out, an 11-year old dog became overheated. An emergency medical technician and an Animal Services employee sprung to action, reviving the dog. Another dog had an adventure of its own at the shelter, delivering four puppies that night. Her owners named the first girl Irma. Ensure Public Health, Safety and Welfare In 2017, we became the first county in the Tampa Bay region to provide bullet-resistant vests and helmets for fire and medical rescue teams. The new gear enables them to respond to victims sooner and in closer proximity during an active shooter scenario. Protecting Our Pets To encourage responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, we approved changes to the animal ordinance. Kennels, pet dealers and hobby breeders are now required to have properly issued permits. On average, Animal Services adopts out at least one animal per hour for every hour the adoption center is open. In 2017, our staff found a home for more than 5,100 cats and dogs - a 25% increase from 2016. To adopt a pet or donate, visit PinellasCounty.org/AnimalServices. We upgraded our kennels at Animal Services, providing 31 new spaces that feature enhanced bedding, expanded room for large dogs and easier food and water access. This project was supported by the Penny for Pinellas. Combating Mosquitoes To help you eliminate mosquito breeding areas around your home, we hosted two free tire disposal events in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Through this effort, we collect more than 1,600 old or unused tires from residents throughout the County. Your Voice “Many people and businesses I talked to were impressed with Pinellas County’s response to Hurricane Irma and how organized they were in the process of securing areas in the county and ensuring that residents were able to evacuate in an effective way as the storm increased in intensity.” Mary Ann Renfrow, Tierra Verde resident Honoring Our Heroes We care about our local heroes. As a designated 2017 “Purple Heart County,” our policies and initiatives create awareness for the service and sacrifice of veterans and active members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Age-Friendly County We became certified through AARP as part of the national network of Age-Friendly Communities. From hosting events such as Falls Prevention Awareness Day and promoting the FirstCare Ambulance Membership Plan, to integrating walkable communities into the County’s Comprehensive Plan – many departments are actively Doing Things! to better serve and meet the needs of our aging population. Accessibility for All We formed the Council for Persons with Disabilities to ensure the needs of persons with disabilities are reflected in our policy decisions. The council provides advice on issues relating to accessibility, programs, services and discrimination. We ensure rapid and effective emergency response; facilitate disaster preparedness and recovery; coordinate health and other social services for those in need; offer consumer protection services; and respond to animal safety and welfare concerns. Training for Emergencies To better prepare our County staff, municipalities and agency partners to serve you in disaster, we hosted FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute training for more than 470 individuals at our Emergency Operations Center. Partnering to Provide Shelter Pinellas County Schools and the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County coordinated space for more than 23,000 people at 17 shelters. Local fire districts transported hundreds of residents with special needs to shelters. Partnering to Provide Food Human Services partnered with Feeding Florida, the Salvation Army and other local community groups to provide food to residents after the storm. By the numbers 250 employees worked around the clock at the EOC 200+ local, state and federal partners coordinated response 445,400 sandbags distributed 2,013 pets sheltered Nearly 65,000 calls received at the Citizen Information Center 595 miles of roadways and 15 bridges inspected and cleared by Public Works hours after the storm passed 375,000 cubic yards of storm debris collected from unincorporated Pinellas County SERVING YOU DURING HURRICANE IRMA In September, Pinellas County and all of Florida were impacted by Hurricane Irma. We activated our Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located within the Penny for Pinellas-funded Public Safety Complex, to coordinate preparedness, response and recovery efforts with our partners to keep our community safe. Partnering to Provide Transportation Local fire districts transported hundreds of special needs residents to shelters. The Pinellas SuncoastTransit Authority waived fees for residents to use buses during the evacuation. Human Services and partners coordinated transportation for hundreds of homeless residents to access shelters. Partnering to Keep Us Safe First responders including law enforcement, fire rescue, emergency medical services and 9-1-1 operators worked overtime to ensure residents and visitors were safe. Special thanks to all of our partners for working with us to protect our community!