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For Immediate Release:
August 28, 2015
Media Contact:
Michael Hernandez

Erika Benitez

Erika Advisory # 1 – Ready: Residents advised to be in the "ready" phase for Tropical Storm Erika

MIAMI (August 28, 2015) – Miami-Dade’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is closely monitoring the movement of Tropical Storm Erika. At this time, all Miami-Dade County services continue normal operations.

The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will continue to operate at a Level 2, partial activation status effective 7 a.m. on Friday, August 28. Under Level 2 status, OEM staff, county officials and partner agencies are required to report to the EOC.

While Miami-Dade County is not in immediate danger, all residents and businesses should check their disaster kits, review their hurricane plans and remain alert to new information and instruction about the developing storm. Specifically, residents are urged to:

The 3-1-1 Answer Center has extended its hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, August 29, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To reach the 3-1-1 Answer Center, residents can dial 3-1-1 in Miami-Dade or 305-468-5900, TDD: 305-468-5402 or via email Specialists are taking calls in English, Spanish and Creole. Residents can access disaster-related information 24 hours a day on the OEM website located at

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.