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Disaster Assistance Employee Program

disaster assistance centerWhenever a disaster has or will impact Miami-Dade County there are a multitude of tasks that need to be accomplished.  First responders have clear roles in the aftermath of a disaster; however, the assignment of other tasks is not always clearly defined.  Relying solely on community volunteers to accomplish these tasks may not be prudent.  To address this problem, Miami-Dade County instituted the Disaster Assistance Employees (DAE) Program. The County recognized that its most valuable asset is its employees.  By organizing, training and mobilizing employees for disaster roles, the DAE Program gives employees a defined task in the community’s disaster preparedness and recovery operations and fulfills the County’s mission of meeting the community's needs.

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

This Miami-Dade County Ordinance authorizes the recruitment, training and use of Emergency Operation Center (EOC) Essential 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

Concept of Operations

The DAE Program requires the cooperation and active participation of all County Departments and employees for successful implementation. Because DAE activities cross departmental lines, a cooperative approach is used in the development and implementation of the DAE Program. During activations, all DAE disaster work assignments will fall under the coordination and control of the Miami-Dade County EOC. The decision to implement and cease programs will be decided based upon the needs of the community and upon the decision of the Incident Commander (County Mayor, or designee).

DAE Employee Checklist

If you have been designated as an "EOC Essential Employee", here are the things you need to do.


County employees with access to a computer can update their personal information in the BlueBook at any time and as many times as needed.

Training and Exercises

Training is an essential part of the DAE program

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