‘Miami, FL’ Headline Archives

Solar Eclipse Viewing on August 21st in Miami-Dade County

Posted on: August 8th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

On Monday, August 21st Miami-Dade County will experience a partial solar eclipse.  This is the first time since 1918 that a solar eclipse has crossed the entire continental United States.


The partial solar eclipse is expected to begin at 1:40pm and end around 4:01pm EDT.  Several of the Alliance for Response-South Florida members are hosting events to view this rare event:


When viewing the eclipse here are some basic safety tips:

  • The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers.  Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters & Viewers can be found at: https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/solar-filters
  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.  The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • If you are driving during the eclipse, keep driving. Do not stop your vehicle along interstates or any roadway.
  • Be prepared for hot weather while viewing the eclipse.  Make sure you have bottled water, sunscreen, first aid kit and protective eyewear.

AFR South Florida Strategic Plan

Posted on: July 10th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

The Alliance for Response South Florida (formerly Alliance for Response Miami) 2017-2019 Strategic Plan is now available to view.

May 25th Meeting Summary

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

The May 25, 2017 meeting summary is available to view here.

Weather-Ready Nation #SafePlaceSelfie

Posted on: March 23rd, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

#SafePlaceSelfie is a grass roots campaign as part of NOAA’s Weather-Ready Nation to get individuals, businesses, and all organizations ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events. Knowing your “safe place” when extreme weather threatens is the #1 preparedness action anyone can take, but we also hope this campaign will open the door to greater preparedness actions such as creating an emergency plan or putting together an emergency kit.

Explore the campaign poster here.

Miami-Dade Local Mitigation Strategy Bulletin, March 2016 & LMS Quarterly Meeting Notes

Posted on: March 17th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

You can find the Miami-Dade County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Bulletin for March 2016 here.

Notes from the Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Quarterly Meeting are available here.

Alliance for Response Miami Meeting Summary Feb 21, 2017

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Fleeing Atrocities: Witness Perspectives Panel Discussion, Feb. 23, 2017

Posted on: February 28th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

The Alliance for Response-Miami Co-Chair Steve Detwiler attended this panel discussion which was held at Nova Southeastern University’s Miniaci Performing Arts Center in Davie, FL. This event was sponsored by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial and Museum and the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. The discussion featured Alfred Munzer a Holocaust survivor and Mouaz Moustafa a Syrian Immigrant and the Executive Director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

This panel discussion touched on the common themes between the Holocaust and the Syrian Civil War and the crimes against humanity being carried out by the Assad regime and their allies. Both speakers stressed to the audience members when they witness injustice they should speak out and take action. Mr. Munzer recounted how he was saved by an Indonesian family living in the Netherlands who hide and cared for him. When he asked his adopted father why he saved his life his answer was simply “what else could I have done.” Out of Mr. Munzer family, only his mother survived. His older sisters (ages 6 and 8) were murdered at Auschwitz and his father died two months after the war from exhaustion.

Mr. Moustafa talked about how the Syrian Civil War began in a small southern province of the country with parents demanding peacefully that someone in the government be held accountable for the murder of their children. He also recounted the actions of a photographer who worked for the Syrian government and had the responsibility to document the murders committed by Syrian intelligence of men, women and children held in government prisons. He took 50,000 photographs which were smuggled out of Syria and are now under the protection and being preserved by the Holocaust Museum. This effort has been documented at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjCAXyYoByo&feature=youtu.be

Miami-Dade Local Mitigation Bulletin, December 2016

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

You can find the Miami-Dade County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Bulletin for December 2016 here.

Greater Miami and the Beaches Resilience Strategy

Posted on: December 20th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

Review the Executive Summary of the Greater Miami and the Beaches Resilient Cities Agenda Setting Workshop, held on September 29, 2016. Learn about how the group of  planners, architects, engineers, faith leaders, community, and not-for-profit groups discussed the region’s future resilience strategy.


Wynwood Art Walk Masters the Art of a Deal with Special Promotions in August

Posted on: August 12th, 2016 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

Local Businesses Band Together to Encourage the Community to Visit Wynwood this Saturday, August 13, 2016


If there has ever been a time to attend Wynwood Art Walk it is this Saturday, August 13, 2016, when nearly all of the more than 300 businesses that make up the fabric of the neighborhood will band together to encourage the public to visit Wynwood for the iconic monthly art event. From foodies, to art enthusiasts and avid shoppers, businesses will be offering a promotion for everyone!


“Wynwood is one of Miami’s most unique and beloved neighborhoods, and welcomes all to visit this Saturday for Art Walk,” said City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who will himself be in attendance at the Art Walk.


Starting at 6:00 pm and extending throughout the night, the monthly event, which takes place the second Saturday of every month, will feature openings at art galleries, restaurants and retail businesses.


“The Wynwood Business Improvement District (BID) has worked diligently with businesses, the Miami Parking Authority and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau to make this Art Walk like none other,” said Albert Garcia, Vice Chair of the Wynwood BID. “The Wynwood community is resilient and we want the public to know that they are welcome to the neighborhood they know and love as the center for art, culture and retail.”


Among the special promotions patrons of Wynwood Art Walk can look forward to this Saturday are:


  • FREE Parking: The Miami Parking Authority is offering free PayByPhone metered parking for all day Saturday in Wynwood.
  • Love for Locals: Special deals will be offered at Art Walk Second Saturday and extend into Sunday as restaurants, bars, and shops give a special thanks to patrons through the “Love for Locals” campaign. Some of the many participating businesses include:

-Wynwood Diner– anyone who presents a receipt from a Wynwood business (retail, bar, etc.) will automatically receive 20 percent off their bill.

-J. Wakefield Brewing – Customers will receive a 20% discount

-MiMo Market – Will offer patrons a 10% discount

-Coyo Taco- ½ priced margaritas for those present with a local ID

-Panther Coffee-buy one beer, wine or single-origin brewed coffee and get the other ½ off

-Zak the Baker-enjoy a coffee on the house with any purchase

-Salty Donut-50% Spiked Donut Holes

-Rupees Sarees – 20% off any home décor and clothing items

-Wynwood Kitchen and Bar- Customers will receive a complimentary appetizer/ dessert

-Shots Miami – Customers will get 20% off their tab

  • GMCVB Wynwood Website: A special marketing partnership has been formed between the Wynwood BID and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). This partnership includes a new webpage dedicated entirely to Wynwood businesses and their promotions. That website, http://www.miamiandbeaches.com/special-offers/wynwood-offers, will serve as a resource for Art Walk attendees and all of the public regarding deals and promotions in the Wynwood area.


“Wynwood is one of Miami’s most unique artistic and cultural neighborhoods. We are happy to partner with the BID and local businesses to help promote the area and invite people to see all the wonderful things it has to offer,” said William D. Talbert III, CDME, President and CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau


The Wynwood BID is a municipal board of the City of Miami representing more than 400 property owners that comprise the 50-city-block Wynwood Arts District. Run by a Board of Directors who themselves are property owners from the community, the BID works to enhance security and sanitation services in the neighborhood, advocate for the betterment of the area, raise awareness of advancements being made, and plan for the future of Wynwood.