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July 2016
 
In this Issue
Prepare for Hurricane Season with 511 | Florida’s Statewide System Celebrates 7th Anniversary | Have You Taken the Survey? | Thank you, Florida 511! | Upcoming Florida Events | 511 Photo of the Month
 
Prepare for Hurricane Season with 511

Hurricane season is here and that means it’s time to create your emergency plan. Be sure to include Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System, a service of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), in that plan. One of the first steps when preparing for hurricane season is to know where to go in advance of a hurricane making landfall in your area. You should know your evacuation route and be ready to leave in case of an emergency.

Should severe weather strike, make sure you check 511 before you hit the road. Check your Florida 511 mobile app, visit FL511.com, call 511 , or follow your local 511 Twitter feed so that you are aware of road conditions, weather-related road closures, emergency alerts and suspended tolls. Know before you go to arrive safely to your destination.


Use "My Florida 511" During a Hurricane and Severe Weather
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Visit FL511.com and click on “My Florida 511” to sign-up to receive alerts specific to your evacuation route. Discover the recommended evacuation routes for your area at floridadisaster.org. Then, once you’ve created a My Florida 511 account, set up one or more of those routes as your User Routes.

During severe weather, you can request Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System send you alerts about conditions, road and bridge closures, emergencies, and more, by way of text message, email, or phone call. You can also access your evacuation route information easily via the mobile apps, or hear reports about them first when you call 511. This free service will help you arrive safely to your destination.


Severe Weather Safety Tips (FDOT encourages extra caution while driving in severe weather):

Check Box Exercise vigilance while driving in windy conditions. Slow down, as strong gusts can blow a vehicle off course.
Check Box In the event of inoperative traffic signals, yield right of way.
Check Box Do not travel through flooded areas.
Check Box Bring food and water.
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Florida’s Statewide System Celebrates 7th Anniversary
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Florida’s statewide 511 Traveler Information System launched in July 2009, providing real-time traffic and travel information for residents and visitors traveling throughout Florida.

More than 6 million people have visited FL511.com since its launch to receive up-to-date information on traffic congestion, traffic camera views, travel times, crashes, emergency alerts and more. Users have called the toll-free 511 phone service more than 14 million times to get the latest updates on all interstates and toll roads, and major metropolitan roadways; and connect to airports, seaports and transit agencies.

In 2012, 511 launched the Florida 511 mobile application on Apple devices and in 2013, the mobile application launched on Android devices. Combined, the Florida 511 mobile applications have had over 6 million visits. This unique platform gives 511 the opportunity to share with its users up-to-date FDOT traffic camera views and alerts in their vicinity, which allows travelers to avoid traffic and crashes, keeping them safe.

Every year, FDOT looks for ways to improve the Florida 511 Traveler Information System to provide information that Florida travelers want and need. In the coming months, Florida’s 511 system will launch system updates. We look forward to updating you with each and every new feature.

We are thrilled to continue serving Florida commuters and travelers with real-time traffic and travel information. A service that helps everyone who uses 511 covered roadways to arrive safely and on time to their destination.

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Have You Taken the Survey?
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Florida’s 511 Traveler Information System helps Florida motorists learn about traffic conditions before they head out — giving them the chance to take an alternate route, leave at a different time, or let someone know they’re changing their arrival time. Now, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is asking Floridians to help improve the 511 system by taking a brief survey.

Let FDOT know about your commute, how you get traffic information and what you think about the various 511 platforms. Taking this survey gives you the opportunity to tell FDOT which roads you would like added to 511’s coverage and the ways in which you would prefer to receive traffic alerts.

FDOT invites you to complete the 10-minute online survey, to help make Florida’s 511 an even better resource for Florida commuters, travelers, and visitors.

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Thank you, Florida 511!
See what some Florida 511 users have to say about us:

   
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  "Florida 511 is a great app during hurricane season. Make sure to download the app!"

 
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  - Joe (Tampa)
 
   
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  "Thanks Florida 511 for my traffic alert this morning, made it to work on time."

 
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  - Anne (Pensacola)
 
   
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  "Florida 511 traffic alerts saved my commute today!"

 
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  - Luca (Lakeland)
 
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Florida Events in July

July is a time many Americans hit the road to enjoy long summer days, and with lower gas prices, expect to see many more people hitting the road for weekend trips and long vacations. Check out these fun Florida events; but before you head out, remember to check FL511.com. It’s important to know the road conditions before you go to arrive safely to your destination.

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July 19–24
Hemingway Days (Key West)
To honor legendary author Ernest Hemingway’s 117th birthday the city of Key West will celebrate with its annual “Hemmingway Days.” The six-day event includes a fishing tournament, a street fair and a Hemingway look-a-like contest. The celebration’s highlight event is the “Running of the Bulls” outside one of Hemingway’s favorite hangouts: Sloppy Joe’s Bar. For more information on Hemingway Days check the website.
 
July 27–31
Miami Salsa Congress
The five-day Latin music and dance event celebrates its 15th anniversary in Miami Beach and is one of the largest events of its kind. This year’s edition has more than 500 performers and 5,000 events scheduled. Throughout the event there will be multiple competitions including The Miami Latin Dance Championship, which will award the winning showcase with a $3,000 cash prize. Guests can buy three-day passes, weekend passes or individual day tickets. For more information about tickets or events check the website.
 
August 5–7
Tampa Bay Comic Con
This year’s edition of Tampa Bay Comic Con, which will feature big name stars from TV shows like “Game of Thrones” and “The Walking Dead,” is the 16th edition of the event. Thousands of fans are expected at the three-day event which takes place at the Tampa Bay Convention Center. There will be autograph signings, photos and numerous celebrity and creator guests at the events. For ticket information or a schedule of events check the website.
 
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511 Photo of the Month

Road Ranger arrives at an incident scene (Courtesy of FDOT District Four)

 
 
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