Duke Energy Florida is prepared for hurricane season. Are you?


 Duke Energy Florida is prepared for hurricane season. Are you?

Hurricane preparedness is a commitment Duke Energy takes very seriously through long-term strategic planning.

The company has spent more than $2.4 billion since 2004 maintaining and strengthening its Florida power delivery system, including inspecting and replacing poles and trimming vegetation and trees. In 2016, more than 103,000 wood distribution poles were inspected, 82,000 were treated to prevent decay and 4,400 were replaced. Duke Energy Florida currently has more than 800,000 wood distribution poles and has replaced nearly 42,000 since 2006, which were identified through our Wood Pole Inspection Program.

The company simulates hurricane drills and participates in Florida’s state hurricane exercise to sharpen response and restoration times.

Duke Energy and its staff of meteorologists are constantly monitoring weather conditions, preparing to do whatever is necessary to maintain its high level of reliability and to react quickly when the power goes out.

The following tips can help you and your family stay safe if severe weather strikes and the power goes out:

 Create (or update) an emergency supply kit to save valuable time later. The kit should include everything an individual or family would need for at least two weeks, especially medicines and other supplies that might be hard to find after a storm strikes.

 Maintain a supply of water and non-perishable food.

 Ensure first-aid supplies and medicines are readily available. If electricity is needed to operate medical equipment, contact Duke Energy’s Customer Care Center at 800-700-8744, in advance of a storm to learn what to do in the event of a power outage or emergency.

 Review insurance policies, and include extra copies of the policies and other important documents in the emergency supply kit (ideally in a waterproof container).

 Keep flashlights on hand, ensure they’re operational, and maintain a supply of extra batteries.

 Keep a portable radio or TV, or NOAA weather radio on hand to monitor weather forecasts and official information.

 Maintain a plan to move family members – especially those with special needs – to a safe, alternate location in case an extended power outage occurs or evacuation is required. Pet owners can make arrangements to stay at evacuation shelters that accept pets, friends’ or family members’ homes, or pet-friendly hotels.

 Draw an emergency water supply in advance if one’s home or apartment depends on well water, in case well-water pumps become inoperable due to a power outage.

 Use backup electric generators safely, and follow manufacturers’ directions.

 Unplug major non-essential appliances. Advanced surge protection systems will protect homes from most power surges, but will not prevent damage from direct lightning strikes.


For a “Hurricane Kit Checklist,” important safety tips and more information on what to do before, during and after a storm, visit https://www.duke-energy.com/safety-and-preparedness/storm-safety.

For more tips on general emergency preparedness, visit the Florida Division of Emergency Management at http://www.floridadisaster.org.

Outage reporting and status updates At any time, customers can report power outages by:

 Visiting www.duke-energy.com on a desktop computer or mobile device

 Texting OUT to 57801 (Standard text and data charges may apply)

 Calling the automated outage-reporting system at 800.228.8485


For storm or power restoration updates, follow Duke Energy on Twitter (@DukeEnergy) and Facebook (Duke Energy).

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OnMay 31, 2017, posted in: Other by

Continuity and Preparedness to Stay Open For Business

Continuity and Preparedness to Stay Open For Business

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The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported solely by property insurers and reinsurers. IBHS’ building safety research leads to real-world solutions for home and business owners, helping to create more resilient communities.

Many businesses are not prepared to respond to a man-made or natural disaster. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they may have all of their operations concentrated in one location that is damaged or destroyed.

Business continuity planning is vital to survival and should not be put off indefinitely as you focus on today’s challenges. It’s important to devote enough time and attention to planning for the future, even when that future may involve events that are unpleasant to think about and, hopefully, not likely to happen. IBHS offers a variety of resources to assist with this important planning process.

OFB-EZ (Open For Business-EZ) is a free business continuity tool designed to help even the smallest businesses focus on planning for any type of business interruption, so they can quickly re-open and resume operations following a disaster. With its non-technical language and streamlined layout, any business owner can create an easy-to-use recovery plan tailored to the individual business, providing confidence if the worst occurs.

Business owners create their own business continuity plan using the program’s eight  modules.

Download the OFB-EZ Toolkit

(Severe Weather: Emergency Preparedness and Response Planning)

To help keep small businesses “open for business,” IBHS developed this severe weather emergency preparedness and response planning toolkit. It is designed as a stand-alone guide, along with a customizable checklist, that can be used by any small business to build a plan for responding to operational disruptions. It also complements IBHS’ OFB-EZ® program, which is a simple-to-use business continuity program that focuses on recovering after the initial emergency response.

Download the EX prep Toolkit 

To be best prepared, businesses should implement both programs to protect their businesses and bottom lines.


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OnMay 22, 2017, posted in: News by

Disaster Preparedness

Here is a list of helpful information and items needed in case a disaster strikes Disaster Plan.pdf

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OnMay 19, 2017, posted in: News by

Local Job Opportunity – Sales Associate

Retail Sales Associate
Cricket Wireless Authorized Dealer – Suncom mobile

The Retail Sales Consultant is responsible for assisting customers with the purchase of products and services offered by Sun Com Mobile (“Sun Com” or “Company”). The RSC consistently delivers high quality operations and excellent customer satisfaction. This individual must consistently exceed sales and operations targets. The RSC is responsible for store appearance, as well as assisting in operational assignments and projects assigned by management, as outlined below.


·         Exceed monthly sales quotas.

·         Deliver complete, high quality sales that exceed the company’s benchmark on key metrics.

·         Drive sales of preferred handsets, rate plans, features and accessories, per company guidance and benchmarks set by management.

·         Practice specific behaviors and best practices to generate and maximize sales and key metrics, as indicated by management.

·         Perform as a role model and offer assistance for all new hires and peer Retail Sales Consultants.

·         Perform other work-related tasks, as assigned by management.


·         Adhere to all policies, as outlined in the Handbook and other company communications.

·         Adhere to all paperwork procedures, as outlined in the Handbook, Training Courses and Sun Com policy documents.

·         Master all required systems: RQ4, Paycom, etc.

·         Regularly check sales paperwork to review for discrepancies/errors.

·         Follow all Cash Depositing procedures and accept full responsibility for all deficiencies caused by your error or negligence.

·         Protect and maintain Company assets.

·         Use proper judgment to avoid fraudulent purchases, even those that may otherwise comply with Company restrictions on quantity and type of devices that can be purchased by customers.

·         When opening or closing a store, accurate & timely completion of related checklists with zero errors.

·         Immediate communication of any inventory deficiency to supervisors for review.

·         Safeguard all codes & passwords (i.e. RQ4, Carrier logins, Email, Security).

·         Maintain store appearance.

·         Complete all required training within the timeline established by management.


Essential Requirements:

·         At least 18 years old and legally able to work in the United States without restrictions.

·         Minimum of 4 days/30 hours per week.

·         Able to stand for long periods of time.

·         Must have reliable transportation to location, training and off-site meetings.

Working Conditions:

·         Physical Effort: Position requires moderate physical activity; requires handling of average-weight objects up to 30 pounds, or standing for long periods of time (more than 8 hours per day).

·         Physical Risk: Work environment involves some exposure to physical risks that require following basic safety precautions; must be able to work on ladder; push and pull 30lbs.; lift up to 15 lbs. overhead; must be able to carry 50lbs. or greater for at least 100 feet; and stoop and bend.

Job Type: Full-time

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OnMay 2, 2017, posted in: News by

Local Job Opportunity – Transportation Administrative Assistant

Transportation Administrative Assistant


The primary duty of this position involves assisting the Transportation Director with Administrative duties and serving as a billing clerk. The workload for this position is consistently heavy and fast paced; candidate needs to be able to work well under pressure, be self-motivated and organized.    

Essential Duties and Skills:

Maintain Vehicle Logs

Assist in payroll timesheets

Billing for Access and MTM

Billing for DOT

Billing for MW Clients in CCE

Assist in Grant Writing

Dispatching of Drivers

Proficiency in written and verbal communications

Ability to work independently while multitasking

Proficiency in Computer programs i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Office 10


Minimum of 2 years of Experience or Associates Degree.  Drug screening and level II background check is required.  Veteran’s preference will be given to qualified applicants.  Wakulla Senior Citizens Council, Inc. is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Please submit Resume and Application to Wakulla Senior Citizens Council, Inc. at 33 Michael Drive, Crawfordville, FL. 32327 Attn: Sheryl Smythe. The application can be found at the following internet address: http://wakullaseniorcitizens.com/images/forms/employment%20application.pdf

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OnMay 2, 2017, posted in: News by

Odyssey of the Mind

Please support our local students Oddyssee of the Mind

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OnMay 1, 2017, posted in: News by

May 2017 Newsletter


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OnMay 1, 2017, posted in: Newsletter by

TCC Workforce Development May Offerings

Training Preview 

This preview provides a listing of our upcoming events and courses. 

Additional information about future offerings, as well as course descriptions, can be found on our website

Programs and Courses

Registration and payment of fees prior to the course date is required.  Please visit the TCC website to apply and/or register.  


OSHA 10 Hour 1926 Safety (OTI 0302)

May 22 – 24, M/T/W, 6:00 – 9:30 PM, Wakulla Center, $10


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OnApril 24, 2017, posted in: News by

The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory Workshops Exploring Nature: Evening at the Edge of the Sea

The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory Workshops – Exploring Nature: Evening at the Edge of the Sea

Workshop description: Ever wonder how a hermit crab selects a shell or how a predatory snail tracks and attacks its prey? Come join Dr. Heidi Geisz for a short course on the edge of Apalachee Bay. Explore the many creatures that live at the interface of land and sea and discuss how they make a living in this highly variable environment. Be ready to get muddy, of course, and enjoy yourself being in nature.

This course is designed to educate and inspire you through a hands-on experience with the strange and wonderful sea life along our pristine shores and shallows. We begin with a brief, illustrated overview of the general ecology of this part of the Gulf of Mexico, spotlighting its more intriguing habitats and organisms. After a short, guided walking tour of the Lab, we will meet some of the local marine denizens in our seawater touch-tanks. From there, we don wading shoes and walk the exposed tidal sands where an array of fascinating creatures can be seen. The evening ends in the auditorium for some Q & A, visiting and refreshments.

Class limit:  12 people. Minimum age: 9 years

Children 9-13 years old must be accompanied by a paying adult.    

What to bring:  old sneakers or similar close-toed shoes. No sandals  or other open-toed shoes.  


2017 Spring & Summer Dates  

May – Saturday 6th and Wednesday 10th

June –  Saturday 10th, Wednesday 21th, and Saturday 24th

July –  Saturday 8th, Wednesday 19th and Saturday 22th

August – Saturday 5th

Time: 6-9PM

Location: FSUCML


Registration closes one week before the class, or until full 

Price: $15 per person

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OnApril 24, 2017, posted in: Events, News by