Municipal Partnership in Evacuation Center Staffing Needed

Dear MDCCMA Members,

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Assistant Director/Director of Emergency Manager Mr. Curtis Sommerhoff requested that we share the below information with the other City Managers.

The 2017 Hurricane Season was one of the most active in recorded history. Miami-Dade County experienced its share of successes and challenges with the impact of Hurricane Irma. Our After Action Reports following Irma provided an opportunity for us to review and make improvements to our plans and processes.

To that end, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has issued a mandate to the Office of Emergency Management to recruit, train, and staff all Evacuation Centers operated during times of emergencies. This mandate requires that government at all levels come together to meet the needs of our community.

We ask all municipalities within Miami-Dade County to identify staffing in order to assist in the following capacities:

  • Law Enforcement – assist the Miami-Dade Public Schools Police Department in providing security at evacuation centers within municipal and neighboring jurisdictions
  • Fire Rescue/EMS – provide Health & Medical support at evacuation centers within municipal and neighboring jurisdictions
  • Evacuation Center Operations – provide sworn or civilian employees to assist in areas such as registration, logistics, dormitory management, etc.

Additionally, we ask all municipalities to identify facilities within their respective jurisdictions that may be used as evacuation centers pre and/or post-disaster.

Meetings will be scheduled in the near future to address and review each area’s specific goals and objectives. In the interim, representatives tasked with reviewing and coordinating these requests may use the following points of contact for more information:

Law Enforcement:
Roger Reguera, Sergeant
MDPD Special Patrol Bureau
(305) 468-1251

Fire Rescue/EMS
Rowan Taylor, Chief
(786) 331-4402

Evacuation Center Operations
Lou Alexis, Emergency Management Coordinator
MDFR Office of Emergency Management
(305) 468-5427

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