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Disaster Response

disaster assistance centerWhenever a disaster has or will impact Miami-Dade County there are a multitude of jobs that need to be accomplished. Relying solely on volunteers from the community to accomplish these tasks is not prudent. To address this problem the Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) program was created.

Miami-Dade County Ordinance  Chapter 8B - Sections 11 and 12

This Miami-Dade County Ordinance authorizes the recruitment, training and use of County employees as DAE personnel to assist in disaster response efforts in Miami-Dade County.

Penalties: It is unlawful for anyone to fail or refuse to obey any such order issued by the Mayor, the Board, the Manager, or the Director or their designee pursuant to this chapter. Anyone convicted of a violation of this section is punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than one hundred and eighty (180) days, or both. (Ord. No. 99-51;2, 5-25-99)

To update your contact information in Bluebook, the database utilized to assign DAE staff, please visit the County’s Enet site at

The Two Types of Essential Employees

Each department is responsible for designating their employees as Department or Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Essential. 

It is the responsibility of every employee to confirm with their respective departments and/ or Department Personnel Representative (DPR) their specific designation.

Department Essential
These employees are required to report to their regular work assignment to assist with the department’s role in the pre- and post-recovery effort.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Essential
All other employees are part of the Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) Program. This designation does not mean that all employees will be assigned to the Emergency Operations Center building, but instead they will be assigned to tasks under the command and control of the EOC through the DAE Program. Roles may be pre-assigned or assigned as the situation dictates. The decision to implement and cease programs will be decided based upon the needs of the community.

If you have been designated as EOC Essential, make sure that you will Be Prepared.

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