Commissioner Levine Cava releases Hurricane Irma report and recommendations to improve the County’s future disaster response
Levine Cava calls for more community coordination and communications in disaster preparation and response
MIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava today released a report outlining the most common issues that South Dade residents encountered before, during and after Hurricane Irma, and made a number of recommendations to improve the County’s future disaster response.
“Our emergency management team continues to work diligently to prepare for and respond to disasters efficiently, bearing in mind that there are always opportunities to learn and improve,” said Commissioner Levine Cava. “I hope future disaster planning will include more coordination with our community and faith-based groups as well as more communication with our residents.”
Commissioner Levine Cava specifically recommended a County plan that includes site visits to senior facilities after a storm, a communications plan to provide early alerts to residents about shelter openings, and ample information about debris removal. These and many other recommendations are based on the Commissioner’s post-storm investigation that included extensive patrolling in South Dade to gather input from area residents and businesses, and comments provided to the Commissioner during her telephone town hall meeting.
Several of the recommendations in the report will require legislation, which the Commissioner is drafting. Among them are creating an emergency preparedness mobile phone application, strengthening the regulations regarding nursing home registration, requiring backup power for cell phone towers, and repairing damage to our canal system.
On Nov. 7, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners approved the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP). The plan will be amended to incorporate Commissioner Levine Cava’s recommendations and other input to be gathered over the next few months, in time for next year’s hurricane season.
To access a copy of the full report, visit Commissioner Levin Cava’s website at www.miamidade.gov/district08.