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About the Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program
The Miami-Dade County Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (E&EAP) provides evacuation support to those residents who may require specialized transportation, whose medical needs prevent them from evacuating on their own or who may require evacuation assistance. Additionally, the program may also be utilized post disaster to provide other assistance to those who are at risk due to a disability, frailty or health issues and who elected to stay at home in the event of a hurricane or other disaster.
The E&EAP registry may be used for any emergency requiring evacuation such as floods, hurricanes, hazardous material spills or gas leaks. Evacuation Center resources are limited and those persons registered will have priority when an emergency arises. Evacuation Centers will only be available as a last resort for people who have no other place to go. You should first seek refuge with relatives, friends or community organizations.
E&EAP registration process
To register yourself or someone who needs evacuation support, complete the online E&EAP Entry Form. The information collected will help Miami-Dade County and its municipalities to provide assistance to those registered individuals. If you live in an evacuation zone, which includes mobile homes, you should plan to evacuate.
Applications are also available for download in Spanish and Haitian Creole. To request this material in Braille or large print, please call 3-1-1 or toll free at 888-311-DADE (3233). Registrants will need to complete all sections of the application which includes questions regarding any medical conditions they may have and the type of assistance required. Applicants that require a higher level of medical care will also need to obtain their doctor's signature. The completed application should be signed and mailed to Miami-Dade Emergency Management. Applications are also available for download in Spanish and Haitian Creole. To request this material in Braille or Large Print, please call 3-1-1 or toll free at 888-311-DADE(3233).
Upon qualifying for the program, a letter of confirmation will be mailed to the registrant. The information in the registry is updated twice a year and it is the registrant's responsibility to provide the County with any changes by calling 3-1-1.
If a disaster occurs, emergency management staff will contact registrants to advise that an evacuation order has been issued and coordinate transportation if the registrant elects to evacuate. If a registrant elects to shelter in place, emergency management personnel may be contacted for you after the event to check on your well-being. If evacuating, being prepared when transportation arrives is critical. If a registrant misses their scheduled pick-up, there may not be time for a second attempt to evacuate them. If sheltering in place, make sure to have your emergency kit and supplies on hand.
Registering before a disaster is important. If you wait until the last minute to register, Miami Dade Emergency Management will make every effort to assist you or a loved one, but those already enrolled in the program will take priority. There is no guarantee that individuals that call at the last minute requesting assistance will be evacuated as conditions may be unsafe to do so.
Residents that participate in the Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program have the assurance that if an unforeseen disaster occurs, they will get the help they need to evacuate and a safe place to stay until the danger has passed.
Residents in nursing homes or Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are not eligible for this program as these facilities are required by law to develop an emergency plan and make arrangements for their residents to evacuate to a similar facility.
Who Qualifies for the E&EAP?
Anyone who can't evacuate or find shelter on their own and requires evacuation assistance. Residents requiring assistance with evacuating due to their medical conditions or need for specialized transportation, or other evacuation assistance requirement, should pre-register for assistance. Miami-Dade Emergency Management will work with registrants to ensure they get the help they need in a disaster.
Individuals who may require evacuation assistance include those who:
- Are unable to evacuate on their own due to a specialized transportation requirement.
- Are homebound residents that are unable to walk to a bus pickup point and do not have anyone that can provide transportation.
- Have medical needs that prevent them from evacuating on their own.
- Are bed bound patients.
- Are electrically dependent patients on life sustaining medical equipment that requires electricity.
- May require assistance with activities of daily living.
- Those who are at risk due to a disability, frailty or health issues and elect to shelter in place during a hurricane or other disaster.
Residents in nursing homes or Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are not eligible for the Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (E&EAP) because the Administrators of these facilities are required by law to develop an emergency plan and make arrangements for their residents to evacuate to a similar facility.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Wed Sep 3, 2014 9:34:33 AM
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