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AUGUST, 25TH, 2012
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY FACILITIES’ UPDATES
REGARDING TROPICAL STORM ISAAC
 

(MIAMI, August 25, 2012) – The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac. 

Residents are urged to continue monitoring the storm and complete their personal hurricane preparations.  Based on its current track, tropical storm force winds (TSFW) from Isaac are expected to begin impacting South Florida as early as tomorrow morning. 

° PortMiami is open and is scheduled to close tonight at 11:00 pm.  The port is scheduled to open on Monday, time to be announced.

° Miami-Dade County Animal Services is not receiving any dogs or cats at the shelter effective immediately and until further notice in preparation of Isaac. 

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RESIDENTS ADVISED TO GET SET FOR TROPICAL STORM ISAAC 

(MIAMI, August 25, 2012) – The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to monitor Tropical Storm Isaac. 

Residents are urged to continue monitoring the storm and complete their personal hurricane preparations.  Based on its current track, tropical storm force winds (TSFW) from Isaac are expected to begin impacting South Florida as early as tomorrow morning. 

° Gather your hurricane supplies now if you have not already done so. You should have three days worth of supplies, such as non-perishable food and water, for each person in your household.

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MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
COMMISSIONER DENNIS MOSS TO DISTRIBUTE SANDBAGS TO DISTRICT 9 RESIDENTS
 

(MIAMI, August 25, 2012) – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Dennis Moss’ staff will be distributing complimentary sandbags beginning at 2:00pm today, until supplies last, at the following locations: 

° Habitat Housing, Goulds 11496 SW 227 Terrace

° Country Star/Cambridge Estates, Naranja, 28350 SW 136 Place

° Richmond West, NW Corner of SW 147 Ave and SW 168 Street

° Eureka Villas Park/Serena Lakes, 14301 SW 180 Street

The 311 Answer Center is open 24 hours a day. Residents can call 3-1-1 in Miami-Dade or (305) 468-5900 outside of Miami-Dade County, TDD: (305) 468-5402. Specialists are taking calls in English, Spanish and Creole. Residents can access disaster-related information

24 hours a day on the County’s emergency Web site located at www.miamidade.gov/emergency.   

The Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is committed to working with its partners and the community to lessen the impact of disasters and potential catastrophic incidents. OEM accomplishes its mission through planning, response and coordination of information and resources. Residents may access emergency information at www.miamidade.gov/emergency.

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CRITICAL TOOLS FOR DISASTER INFORMATION 

(MIAMI, August 2011) – Miami-Dade County’s Department of Emergency Management wants to remind residents and visitors of the many tools that can be used to get storm preparedness information and updates. 

Miami-Dade Alerts

Sign up to receive text alerts to cell phones or other mobile devices about significant emergency events.  Go to http://www.miamidade.gov/oem/ to register. 

Miami-Dade Department of Emergency Management

Find out if you live in a Hurricane Evacuation Zone, locate gas stations and grocery stores with generators near you, download an application for the Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program or sign up for a pet for a Pet-Friendly Evacuation Center at www.miamidade.gov/oem.

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STORM PREPARATION ALSO MEANS KNOWING HOW TO ACCESS IMPORTANT
RESOURCES IN AN EMERGENCY 

Learn When to Call The Children’s Trust Helpline at 2-1-1 or

Miami-Dade County Government at 3-1-1 

MIAMI, FL – August 22, 2011 – Under the threat of a storm or other emergency situation, it is important to know what resources are available in our community. Knowing the difference between 2-1-1- and 3-1-1 is key to getting the type of assistance you need, when you need it most.

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HELP FOR FLOOD PRONE HOMES
Grant Money Available to Qualifying Property Owners 

(MIAMI, August, 2011) – Miami-Dade County and the Florida Division of Emergency Management are partnering to help flood prone property owners find relief.  Through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA), Repetitive Flood Claims (RFC) and Severe Repetitive Loss (SRL) Programs, property owners can receive funding to elevate their home or relocate.  Mitigation efforts can also involve less expensive measures including the creation of culverts, retention ponds and landscaping berms. 

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

 
 

Hurricane Preparedness Tip #10: 
Save Important Documents
Shred the Rest at the Citizen Corps Public Safety Day 

(MIAMI, June 1, 2011) – With hurricane season underway, residents are encouraged to identify important documents (insurance policies, medical records, birth certificates and Social Security cards), and store them in a waterproof container.  At the same time, you can shred unwanted documents at the Citizens Corps Public Safety Day and Shred-a-Thon Fundraiser on Saturday, June 4, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the BJ’s store, 17250 NW 57th Avenue, in Hialeah.   

The Miami-Dade Department of Emergency Management (DEM) and BJ’s stores, together with Florida Shredding and Citizens Crime Watch, are partnering to promote public safety and awareness, best practices for family security during emergencies, and community preparedness.  As part of Citizen Corps Public Safety Day, residents can toss sensitive, but unwanted, papers into the jaws of a shredding machine for $10.00 per box, with all proceeds going to Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade. 

DEM is the host agency for Miami-Dade Citizen Corps, which coordinates community programs aimed at preparing residents and visitors with the skills and training to properly deal with a major emergency. The Miami-Dade Citizen Corps Council is made up of four programs: the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Citizens’ Crime Watch of Miami-Dade, Volunteers In Police Service (VIPS), and Medical Reserve Corps.

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 Are You Ready for This Hurricane Season? 

Doral, FL – June 1 marks the beginning of what all experts have predicted will be a very active hurricane season in 2011, and the City of Doral reminds its residents and businesses that the time to prepare is now!  Take a moment to review your family and business’s plan and hurricane supplies.  If you have yet to develop a plan utilize the guide found in our Emergency Preparedness of the City of Doral’s website.  

After a storm, roads can be difficult to navigate and help might take some time to arrive. Therefore, all residents must be ready to survive on their own for a minimum of 72-hours without electricity or water. 

Authorities urge all residents and business owners to take the time necessary to prepare themselves and their family NOW, because they may not have the time once the area is threatened with a hurricane.  

City of Doral residents and businesses are also encouraged to sign up to receive Emergency Messages as well as to the Weather Warning System, an automated severe weather alerting service, through the CodeRed System, which provides Doral officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire city in case of an emergency.  

Residents and business owners can visit www.CityofDoral.com and follow the CodeRED link. Required information includes a street address (physical address, no P.O. boxes) for location purposes and a primary phone number. Additional phone numbers, email and text addresses may also be entered. 

CodeRED gives those who want to be included an easy and secure method for inputting information. The data collected will only be used for emergency notification purposes. 

If you have yet to develop a plan, utilize the guide found in our website under Emergency Preparedness Guide or visit any of the following websites: 

Ø  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/HAW2/english/intro.shtml

Ø  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Ø  http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm

Ø  http://www.fema.gov/areyouready/

Ø  http://www.ready.gov/america/index.html

Ø  http://www.redcross.org

Ø  http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/index.asp 

Just for Kids:

Ø  http://www.fema.gov/kids/hurr.htm


The Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management Advises Customers to “Beat the Hurricane Season Rush” on Bulky Waste Pickups
 

(MIAMI, May 13, 2011) – With hurricane season just around the corner, the Miami-Dade County Department of Solid Waste Management (DSWM) reminds customers now is the ideal time to get rid of yard trash and other bulky items.   

“When conditions become unsafe, we suspend all bulky waste scheduling and items placed at the curb can become hazards as the winds get stronger,” said Department of Solid Waste Management Director Kathleen Woods-Richardson.  “So now is a good time to do your annual tree pruning and dispose of large branches and tree limbs by using one of your available bulky waste pickups.”   

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