|For Immediate Release|
|City of Tampa Joint Information Center 2012 Republican National Convention UPDATE #7
Tampa, FL August 27, 2012 - NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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City of Tampa Joint Information Center
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City of Tampa Joint Information Center 2012 Republican National Convention UPDATE # 7
Joint Information Center Media Update
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Jane Castor will hold their daily briefing at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, August 28, 2012, in the Executive Conference Room on the 4th Floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
Click here to watch the Mayor Buckhorn's daily briefing from today on YouTube and tune in tomorrow to watch the briefings live on Ustream.
Police Chief Jane Castor, Fire Rescue Chief Tom Forward, and Sheriff David Gee at 4 p.m. today and again at 9 p.m. tonight at Tampa Police Headquarters located at 411 North Franklin Street.
CITY OF TAMPA OFFICES
City of Tampa offices and facilities will be open for business Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The Joint Information Center used social media to inform and interact with virtual users following the event. This tool proved to be very effective in combating several rumors that were being spread across social media platforms, particularly one that law enforcement were restricting demonstrator's access to water along the parade route. Several news outlets "retweeted" the City's response to these false accusations which helped to reduce the possibility of these rumors from spreading further.
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
All schools and district offices of Hillsborough County Public Schools will be open on Tuesday, August 28, 2012.
Hillsborough County News
The Tropical Storm Warning for Hillsborough County has been lifted.
All shelters have been closed.
No damage has been reported. Two trees were reported down overnight. There are a few scattered incidents of minor street flooding. One road -- Kinnan Street, just north of Bassett Creek and Sinclair Hills Road -- is closed for repair but is expected to be reopened by this afternoon.
Additional rain bands and higher wind gusts are still expected through today. The local state of emergency remains in effect, and the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains at Level 3, monitoring - no longer partially activated. The EOC continues to monitor weather conditions and communicate with local, state and federal officials to take appropriate actions as needed.
Hillsborough County Health Department/Health
Though it’s rainy and overcast in the Tampa area today, Hillsborough County Health Department shares residents and visitors can still "Beat the Heat", avoid dehydration and prevent mosquito-borne illnesses by taking the following steps:
BEAT THE HEAT
· Drink cool, nonalcoholic beverages
· Rest in an air-conditioned environment
· Take a cool shower, bath or sponge bath
· Wear lightweight clothing
· Prevent sunburn by wearing sunscreen of 30 SPF.
THIRSTY? AVOID DEHYDRATION
· Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
· Persons with medical conditions such as kidney and heart disease, who require a fluid restricted diet, or who have problems with fluid retention should consult a physician before increasing their consumption of fluids.
· Children: Keep hydrated by increasing amounts of drinking fluids. Young children and babies may need more water than normal daily intake to stay hydrated.
DRAIN standing water:
· Drain water from garbage cans, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flowerpots or any other containers where sprinkler or rainwater has collected.
· Discarded old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren't being used.
· Empty and clean birdbaths and pet's water bowls at least once or twice a week.
· Protect boats, vehicles from rain with tarps that don't accumulate water.
· Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.
COVER your skin with:
· CLOTHING - If you must be outside when mosquitoes are active, cover up. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long sleeves.
· REPELLENT - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing. Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with 10-30% DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.
· Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.
COVER doors and windows with screens:
· Keep mosquitoes out of your house. Repair broken screening on windows, doors, porches, patios.
Visit http://www.hillscountyhealth.org/absolutenm/templates/?a=160&z=1 and http://es.twitter.com/HealthyFla.
Questions? Contact Steve Huard, Hillsborough County Health Department at 813-426-5914.
Additional information sources for the City of Tampa include:
Call Center: The RNC Call Center can provide up-to-date information on any additional temporary street closures, downtown parking options, basic directional assistance, and hospitality information for visitors. The RNC Call Center number is (866) RNC-8687, and it is toll-free. It is operational 24 hours a day until noon on Friday, August 31, 2012.
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