|City of Tampa Joint Information Center 2012 Republican National Convention UPDATE #15
August 28, 2012 - NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
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City of Tampa Joint Information Center
(813) 274-NEWS (6397)
City of Tampa Joint Information Center 2012 Republican National Convention UPDATE #15
Joint Information Center Media Update
MAYOR WELCOMED RNC DELEGATES
Today Mayor Bob Buckhorn gave a welcome address at the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Click here to view the Mayor's written address.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Police Chief Jane Castor will hold their daily briefing at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, August 29, 2012, in the Executive Conference Room on the 4th Floor of the Tampa Convention Center.
Watch Mayor Buckhorn's daily briefing from today on YouTube and tune in tomorrow to watch the briefings live on Ustream.
ALTERNATIVE ROUTE THROUGH DOWNTOWN TAMPA AVAILABLE
The elevated lanes of the Leroy Selmon Expressway were wide open during the morning commute. Drivers are encouraged to use this option to avoid congestion when commuting into downtown Tampa.
Once a driver exits the elevated lanes, they can use the following route to avoid congestion on Kennedy Boulevard: right on Twiggs Street, right onto Florida Avenue, left on Tyler Street which will take drivers over the Cass Street Bridge to North Boulevard. View the map...
As 4:00 p.m. today, there are no arrests. We are continuing to use social media to inform and interact with citizens that are following these events including road closures and positive interactions between law enforcement and visitors.
Hillsborough County News
For information on where downtown county government services have been relocated, visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/rnc.
Hillsborough County Health Department
Though it’s rainy and overcast in the Tampa area today, Hillsborough County Health Department advises residents and visitors that they can still "Beat the Heat", avoid dehydration and prevent mosquito-borne illnesses by taking the following steps:
BEAT THE HEAT
Visit http://www.hillscountyhealth.org/absolutenm/templates/?a=160&z=1 and http://es.twitter.com/HealthyFla.
- 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.
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) 762-8687, and it is toll-free. It is operational 24 hours a day until noon on Friday, August 31, 2012.
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