Miami-Dade County Commissioners direct Mayor to study feasibility of more emergency management tools
Commissioner Levine Cava says mobile communications and backup powered traffic signals will make Miami-Dade more resilient to the next big storm
MIAMI-DADE – The Miami-Dade County Commission today passed legislation aimed at providing more emergency management tools in preparation for the next big storm.
The resolutions, sponsored by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, require the County to develop the creation of a free, emergency management mobile app and to provide recommendations to bring on-site backup power, including solar powered solutions to the County’s traffic signals. Both items were among many recommendations Commissioner Levine Cava outlined in her recent report following Hurricane Irma investigations.
“We need to take advantage of the technology and tools available to better serve our residents during emergencies,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “It is most essential to keep our constituents informed and safe when evacuating in advance of and recovering from a storm.”
The Commissioner noted that other jurisdictions use emergency apps that include interactive maps detailing evacuation zones, options for shelters, and more features. Many residents reported their frustrations when they attempted to access the evacuation zones on the County’s website, which were slow to load due to heavy traffic on the site. The County’s 3-1-1 call center was also overwhelmed with calls.
Solar battery backup power coupled with the County’s low energy LED traffic lights would potentially restore traffic faster after major storms as well as regular outages from common summer lightning storms, while generating renewable energy year-round. “Solar energy solutions would make us more resilient and make storm recovery faster,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “We might even be able to reduce our energy demand year round, making the county more sustainable.”
To read a copy of the Hurricane Irma Report & Recommendations, visit the Commissioner’s website: www.miamidade.gov/district08.