‘Miami, FL’ Headline Archives

Miami-Dade County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Bulletin

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

You can find the Miami-Dade County Local Mitigation Strategy (LMS) Bulletin for March 2018 here. The bulletin also includes notes on the LMS meeting held via webinar.

AFR South Florida November 2017 Meeting Summary

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

Guidance on Navigating Federal Assistance After Irma

Posted on: September 26th, 2017 by Jessica Unger | Miami, FL

For institutions within Miami-Dade County, the Department of Cultural Affairs is coordinating the response and recovery of the community.  They are working with the Office of Emergency Management, the Beacon Council and the FIU Small Business Development Center and several other partners on representing your needs through the Recovery Support Function Economic.  If your institutions was impacted by Hurricane Irma please fill out their damage assessment form at: http://miamidadearts.org/content/hurricane-irma-2017-preliminary-impact-assessment-cultural-damage-report


Also as part of the Heritage Response Team training we have been sponsoring focused on fundraising for cultural institutions after a disaster.  The American Institute for Conservation has graciously made this available to all of our partners.  You can view it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZB0BMlf9xoU


Art and cultural institutions are eligible for several types of Federal assistance, this includes:

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance (PA)
  • Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loans
  • National Endowment of the Humanities Emergency Grants


If your institutions is affiliated with a government agency like Miami-Dade County or Florida International University you should be communicating with them your damage and any expenditures (overtime of personnel, purchases, etc) to protect your facilities.  The information below doesn’t necessary apply to your institutions since your expenditures will be included as part of your government agency.  If you are private non-profit organization unaffiliated with any government agency you can apply for either FEMA Public Assistance or SBA disaster loans.


Definition of Private Non-Profit Organization (PNP)

FEMA defines a PNP as either having the following:

  • A current ruling letter from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service granting tax exemption under sections 501(c), (d), or (e) of the Internal Revenue Code of
  • Documentation from the State substantiating it is a non-revenue producing, nonprofit entity organized or doing business under State law.


FEMA Public Assistance

Public Assistance (PA) is a grant program that reimburses eligible applicants for eligible work at eligible facilities at a reasonable cost.  The cost share of eligible cost is 75% Federal and 25% Non-Federal.  Eligible costs will be reduced by any insurance proceeds.


If your institution wishes to seek reimbursement through the FEMA’s Public Assistance Program please go to the following link (http://floridapa.org/) and click on “APPLY NOW’ in the red Hurricane Irma Banner to submit your Request for Public Assistance (RPA).  Attached is a guide to navigate FloridaPA.org.


Non-Critical PNPs must apply to the Small Business Administration for disaster assistance; if denied by SBA or if their costs exceed what SBA covers then the PNP should apply to FEMA PA.

Non-critical PNP are only eligible for Permanent Work which are:

  • Category C: Road Systems and Bridges (Page 116)
  • Category D: Water control facilities (Page 118)
  • Category E: Public buildings and contents (Page 119)
  • Category F: Public utilities (Page 124)
  • Category G: Parks, recreational and other items (Page 126)


The corresponding page number are where you can find additional guidance on eligible expenses for these different categories in the FEMA Public Assistance Program and Policy Guide which is available: https://www.fema.gov/public-assistance-policy-and-guidance


Applicant Briefing

The Applicant Briefing provides a high-level overview of the Public Assistance (PA) Program.  The topics it normally discussed includes:

  • Application procedures
  • Project funding
  • Hazard mitigation
  • Administrative requirements
  • Procurement requirements
  • Environmental and historic preservation (EHP) compliance requirements
  • General eligibility criteria
  • Documentation requirements
  • Recordkeeping


Schedule for Miami-Dade and Broward County:


Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program


There are several types of loan programs available they include:

Types of Loans Borrowers Purpose Maximum Amount
Business Loans “Physical” Businesses and private
Repair or replace real estate, equipment, furniture, etc. $2 million
Economic Injury Loans Small businesses & private
Economic injury disaster loans or working capital loans $2 million
Home Loans Homeowners & Renters Repair or replace real property $200,000
Home Loans Homeowners & Renters Repair or replace personal property $40,000
Mitigation Businesses, private
nonprofits and homeowners.
Mitigate / prevent future loss to real property 20% of verified physical damage. Homeowners limited to $200,000.


Businesses can apply online at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/ or you can call 1‐800‐659‐2955


National Endowment or the Humanities Emergency Grants

These emergency grants go up to $30,000 and can be used to preserve documents, books, photographs, art works, historical objects, sculptures, and structures damaged by the hurricane and subsequent flooding.


You can apply for these grants at: https://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2017-09-07

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