DEC 2017

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D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 13 The AWARDS Issue! to ensure an orderly plan of action is in place and adhered to," she said. "We also share developments, status updates and other critical information through regular email and telecom- munications and across our digital and social media channels, including the CVB website, so all parties, and the public are well informed." Pointing out that "the safety of our residents, visitors and hospitality workforce are a top pri- ority throughout the county," Ritter further re- marked that Broward County and the GFLCVB have hurricane preparedness policies related to building closures, evacuation orders and other safety procedures. "The actions outlined are in place at the first warning of a storm and are ac- celerated or decreased as needed depending on the storm trajectories and projected paths," she said. "We also have a communications network in place, coordinating with local emergency management officials to assist our partners in providing up-to-date information on evacua- tions, inland hotel availability and hurricane shelter options for visitors in the event of a hurricane." During storms in which mandatory evac- uations are ordered by the Broward County Emergency Management Division, hotel guests are evacuated from coastal hotels, Ritter said. "The GFLCVB works with partners in the hospitality industry, and local government and law enforcement agencies to quickly and safely ensure that our visitors are safe, accommodat- ed and as best as possible kept aware of the situation." In the hours, days and weeks following a storm, she added, the GFLCVB works closely with Broward County officials to carefully monitor storm developments to ensure the safe- ty and well-being of visitors. "Once it has been communicated by local authorities that roads are clear and safe to move around, we share the news with our hospitality partners, who begin a damage assessment that's reported to the CVB to allow us to assess how best we can help them," Ritter said. "Hoteliers, attractions and local businesses all have their own checklists that must be met before they can resume regu- lar business." To keep the public informed, the CVB communicates quickly and regularly via email, social media and its website to provide desti- nation status updates, news and visuals such as time-stamped videos and photography. "Addi- tionally, we distribute a post-hurricane ► Fort Lauderdale beach a few days after Hurricane Irma moved through parts of Florida.

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