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For Immediate Release:
July 10, 2015
Media Contact:
Johanna Cervone

Just in time for hurricane season: Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava holds County Work Day; shadows Office of Emergency Management, assesses hurricane shelter

Miami, FL— Hurricane season is upon us and many in county government are hard at work making sure that protections are in place in the case of an emergency. As part of the County Work Days program, Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava shadowed the Office of Emergency Management to mark the start of the hurricane season. County Work Days showcase the good work of Miami-Dade departments and inform the public about vital County services supported with our tax dollars.

The Commissioner started the day with a visit at 8 am to South Dade High School, a major hurricane shelter that is designed to house area residents as well as evacuees from the Florida Keys.

“South Dade Senior High School is the southernmost hurricane shelter in Miami-Dade. South Dade is a storm surge area, so many area schools cannot be used as hurricane shelters. South Dade Senior High has been specially prepared, pursuant to state law, and can hold more than 3,700 people during an emergency,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.

The Commissioner accompanied teams from the Red Cross and the Office of Emergency Management through a tour of the school, which includes a 15,000 gallon emergency water reservoir, a 20,000 gallons for sewage storage and solar panels designed to help power the building in a power outage.

Later that morning, at the Office of Emergency Management Headquarters in Doral, the Commissioner joined a training program for County and municipal employees. She also learned more about the nonprofit group Communities Organized to Respond in Emergencies (C.O.R.E.) and the Miami-Dade County Public-Private Partnership Program which targets area businesses. These programs are designed to coordinate efforts between the public and private sectors to create a more resilient community.

“It is wonderful to learn about valuable partnerships with nonprofits and area businesses that cooperate and share resources to reduce economic impacts and human suffering during a disaster. County staff train these groups on preparedness so they can be ambassadors and partners during an emergency.” 

“Hurricane season has officially started and being prepared is essential. The Office of Emergency Management does an excellent job informing Miami-Dade residents how to prepare and stay safe during a storm or any other urgent situation. It is important to start preparing now, before the height of hurricane season, to avoid severe economic and social impacts during an emergency,” explained the Commissioner. “County staff do their part; we need to do ours”.

For more information on County Work Days or how to best prepare for a hurricane or other emergency, please contact Commissioner Levine Cava’s office at 305-375-5218/305-378-6677.

Commissioner Levine Cava with teams from the Red Cross and the Office of Emergency Management at South Dade High School. Fingers crossed for a storm free year.

Commissioner Levine Cava listens to statistics about South Dade High’s capacity as a hurricane shelter.

The Commissioner joins training program at Office of Emergency Management Headquarters.

Director of Office of Emergency Management Curtis Sommerhoff explained the programs available for the private sector.