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June 2017
 
In this Issue
Florida 511’s Online Newsroom Features News and Partner Resources |
Hurricane Season Arrives |
Let Florida 511 Be Your Summer Vacation Tour Guide |
Celebrate Independence Day Safely with Florida 511 |
Florida Events in June | 511 Photo of the Month
 
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Florida 511’s Online Newsroom Features
News and Partner Resources

The news media, employers and community partners can find a broad array of free Florida 511 information and images on the Florida 511 online newsroom.

The website clearly groups information so that news media representatives can find the most relevant materials by clicking on the News Media tab. They can find the latest news releases about Florida 511; and supporting photos, graphics and video clips.

Businesses, government agencies and other groups can click on the Partners tab to get free content to help spread the word about Florida 511 to colleagues, employees, customers, members and family. Videos and images also are available to partners and the general public.

“Our goal is to make the site easy to navigate while providing the most current articles, fact sheets and images to those who use or are interested in Florida 511,” said Russell Allen, FDOT ITS Program Development Engineer.

In addition to e-newsletters, social media and public service announcements and promos, the site offers how-to sheets for those who want to learn how to use some of the many facets of Florida 511.

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Is Florida 511 in Your Hurricane Preparedness Plan?
FL511 App on phone

Hurricane season began June 1 and runs through November 30. Many Florida residents know it’s time to make sure their households and businesses are prepared with emergency food, water and supplies. Now is the time to add Florida 511 to your severe weather plan.

The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Florida 511 Traveler Information System provides real-time traffic information about all Florida interstates, most toll roads and many major metropolitan roadways. This info can be crucial if high winds, flooding, toppled trees or other problems close roads and bridges during a storm.

The Emergency Info tab on FL511.com offers vital information, including links to evacuation route maps, safety tips and emergency shelter locations. Florida 511 also provides up-to-the-minute updates on weather and traffic conditions, road closures and evacuation routes — online and through the Florida 511 mobile app.

Florida residents and visitors can register for a free My Florida 511 personalized services account on the website and mobile app to create custom door-to-door routes for evacuation or other destinations. Each saved route includes travel time estimates, traffic incident information and the ability to schedule email or text alerts. Registered users can access information on their saved routes by calling 511 and saying, “Profile.”

Users can check for Urgent Alerts and real-time traffic information in English or Spanish on FL511.com before getting in their vehicles. They can view roadway cameras showing current driving conditions along their planned route. The free Florida 511 mobile app, available on the Apple App Store or Google Play, features the interactive map showing traffic speeds and incidents on roads around the user’s location.

Additional ways to receive information from Florida 511 include calling 511 toll-free from any phone in the state and following one or more of the statewide, regional or roadway-specific Twitter feeds (#FL511), including the new statewide Spanish feed: @FL511_Estatal.

For more information on how to prepare for a hurricane or other severe weather, visit FDOT’s emergency management web page or get free Florida 511 severe weather preparedness content on the Florida 511 newsroom.

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Take Florida 511 on Your Summer Vacation
Global Youth Traffic Safety Month Promotes Safe Summer Driving For Teens

Whether you plan to visit a theme park, explore Florida’s rich historical sites or relax along some of the state’s 663 miles of beaches during your summer vacation, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) urges all travelers to use the Florida 511 Traveler Information system to arrive safely and with fewer delays.

Florida 511 — the state’s official source of real-time traffic information — can help visitors and residents plan their summer travel throughout the Sunshine State. Free and easy to use, the system offers help through its five platforms: mobile application, website, text/email alert system, toll-free phone system and Twitter feeds. During severe weather, the system also provides up-to-date information on road and bridge closures.

Florida 511 also provides information about travel times and traffic speeds and offer alternate routes to minimize delays and lessen the stress on travelers and their vehicles during the hot Florida summers.

FDOT encourages all drivers to check Florida 511 before leaving or have a passenger check the mobile app to avoid using a phone while driving.

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Celebrate Independence Day Safely with Florida 511
Take Florida 511 out to the Ballgames

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) reminds all motorists to drive safely to Fourth of July gatherings.

FDOT’s Florida 511 Traveler Information System provides real-time traffic information that can help Independence Day travelers reach their destinations safely and with fewer delays. Florida 511 information is available on five platforms.

Florida 511 also provides weather alerts, information on road and bridge closures and can suggest alternate routes.

  • The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) urges everyone to use caution when traveling on Florida roads during the Fourth of July Holiday.
  • Always wear a seatbelt.
  • Designate a sober driver and never drink and drive.
  • Check your tires before you take a trip.
  • Stay focused on driving and do not drive distracted.
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Florida Events in June

There is no shortage of things to do in Florida this month. Before you hit the road, FDOT encourages you to use the Florida 511 Traveler Information System.

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Country Fest 500
Coke Zero 400 (Daytona Beach)

Stock-car racing fans can kick-off the Independence Day holiday watching the sport’s top drivers compete under the lights during the 59th annual Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway. For more information, visit the website.
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June photo of the month
Camera icon 511 Photo of the Month

ITS Device Antenna (Courtesy of FDOT District Six)

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