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For Immediate Release:
June 05, 2015
Media Contact:
Marta Martinez-Aleman

305-636-2331

Commissioner Edmonson gives away hurricane kits


Commissioner Audrey Edmonson and Communities United’s Hattie Willis deliver hurricane kit to
Allapattah resident Eliza González
(Photo by Armando Rodriguez / Miami-Dade County)

(MIAMI, FL) – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and Hattie Willis, executive director of Communities United, carried out their annual hurricane kit giveaway on June 3, 2015 throughout the District 3 communities of Liberty City, Little Haiti and Allapattah.  Commissioner Edmonson delivered 15 kits which contained a cooler, radio/clock, telephone, light, flashlight, fan (all battery operated), Clorox, Clorox wipes, moist wipes, paper towels, plastic ware, can opener, a seven-day supply of water, literature on hurricane preparedness and information on resources to assist them with home repairs and what to do after a storm.

Under Communities United, the Seniors First Hurricane and Disaster Preparedness Program serves low-income seniors living in the Model City, Liberty City, Little Haiti, Wynwood, Overtown and Little River communities.  Its purpose is to educate, train and prepare seniors at such venues as senior towers, churches, neighborhood associations and community development organizations so that they may have the tools necessary when an emergency or disaster strikes our community. 

“It’s important that we make these kits and resources available to some of our most needy senior citizens,” Commissioner Edmonson said. “I am pleased that we were able to help some of our residents prepare for hurricane season. I urge all residents, particularly those most in need of assistance during a storm, to not be complacent and make a list of emergency contacts, supplies and shelter. Being prepared is crucial in getting through a storm, particularly in the first 72 hours after it has passed.  For more information residents can log into www.miamidade.gov/hurricane/.”