Now more than ever, it is important to review your hurricane preparedness plan to adapt quickly to a weather emergency. From useful emergency cultural resources to the updated protocols for shelter activation during the COVID-19 pandemic, the following resources will help you prepare for the impact of a storm.
There are a variety of tools and resources tailored for individual artists and non-profit arts organizations when preparing for an emergency. The Arts & Business Council of Miami and the CERF+, have prepared useful guides and compiled important contact and links we can share to help you be ready for an emergency.
Americans for the Arts Disaster Preparedness
Americans for the Arts has a useful resource page that aims to help the cultural sector prepare for natural disasters. More and more, emergencies are happening unexpectedly in communities across the country and the arts are one of the first things people turn to in times of need. Visit this page for resources, as well as Profiles in Preparedness.
Miami-Dade Readiness Guide and Resources
Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane Readiness portal and guide offer detailed local information for individuals and organizations. Here you will find information on the actions you should take before, during and after a storm impacts South Florida. Here you will also find hurricane kit tips and checklists, as well as the latest guidelines and information regarding the activation of evacuation centers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Hurricane Door Hanger provides a quick graphic way to identify households that need assistance after the storm. You may download and print the Hurricane Door Hanger.
You can also follow Miami-Dade County on social media for hurricane updates:
The Ready MDC mobile application is now available to the public via Google Play for Android and the iOS App Store for iPhone. The mobile application allows Miami-Dade residents and visitors to get up-to-the minute information before, during and after a hurricane strike, including:
How to prepare for a hurricane
Areas that are in danger of storm surge
Evacuation center locations
Emergency bus pick-up sites
What to do with pets
Emergency evacuation & assistance information and much more
Staying informed during an imminent threat or emergency is critical in helping make the right decision. The Miami-Dade County Alerts system will notify you about public safety issues and weather advisories on your cell phone.
Alerts is a free service that enables County residents or visitors to receive emergency texts and/or emails regarding public safety issues, recommended public protective actions, or other emergency information. Sign up now.
Alliance for Response Miami
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is a proud member of The Alliance for Response Miami. AFR Miami connects the arts community with the first responder and emergency management community in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. An alliance of artists, museums, archives, libraries, galleries, cultural institutions, and emergency responders in the Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, AFR Miami provides a forum for information and communication to foster a cooperative approach to emergency management and cultural heritage protection. A Weather Ready Nation Ambassador for the National Weather Service, the Alliance for Response Miami works with arts groups, cultural institutions, and local emergency services to develop mutual understanding in advance of any emergency and/or disaster. For tips and resources to prepare before an emergency and/or disaster, please visit the webpage, Twitter @afrsflorida and Facebook page.
The most reliable way to contact us continues to be through email. You can find a staff directory at https://www.miamidadearts.org/about/staff-councils.
Please check the County’s web site for more COVID-19 information and for regular updates: miamidade.gov/coronavirus.