Alliance for Response Miami is an alliance of artists, museums, archives, libraries, galleries, cultural institutions, and emergency responders in the Miami-Dade and Monroe counties focused on communications, training, and networking. We aim to work across all local art and cultural institutions along with the local emergency services to develop mutual understanding in advance of any emergency and/or disaster. AFR Miami is also a Weather Ready Nation Ambassador for the National Weather Service. For details on this program please visit here.



AFR Miami Discussion List

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Steve Detwiler

Kimberly Bergen


Resources Developed by AFR Miami

Membership Flyer (PDF)

Membership Application

Alliance for Response Strategic Plan 2015-2017 (PDF)

COOP Fact Sheet (PDF)


ESF 18

AFR Miami has been incorporated into the ESF 18 (Business & Industry) Annex of the Miami-Dade County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.


Operation Heritage Tabletop Exercise

September 3, 2014

The objectives of these exercises were to evaluate the AFR members individual plans/procedures, encourage collaboration among members and strengthen the relationship of the Alliance for Response with the Office of Emergency Management.  The exercise participants included numerous institutions to include Barry University, Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, the Wolfsonian, the Patricia and Phillip Frost Science Museum, the Historic Homestead Townhall Museum and the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management.


Operation Heritage Tabletop Exercise AAR (PDF)


Miami Alliance for Response Kick-off Forum

June 12, 2013



Agenda (PDF)


Speaker Biographies (PDF)

Planning Committee (PDF)

Participant List (PDF)


PowerPoint Presentations

The Power of Partnerships, Lori Foley, Heritage Preservation

Miami Dade Emergency Response Community & a Role for Cultural Heritage Organizations, Curtis Sommerhoff, Miami-Dade Emergency Management and Cathie Perkins, Miami-Dade Emergency Management

The Cultural Landscape of Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, Michael Spring, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Disaster Preparedness from the State and Federal Perspective, Bob Seibert, Disaster Recovery Bureau, Florida Division of Emergency Management

Art in the Aftermath of a Hurricane: Conservation and art recovery after Hurricane Andrew (Miami, 1992) and Hurricane Sandy (New York, 2012), Rustin Levenson, Rustin Levenson Art Conservation Associates

Hurricane Risk in South Florida, Max Mayfield, Hurricane Specialist, WPLG-TV/, formerly of the National Hurricane Center


PowerPoint presentations are not for publication.

Weather-Ready Nation #SafePlaceSelfie

March 23, 2017

#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 […]

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

March 17, 2017

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 […]

Alliance for Response Miami Meeting Summary Feb 21, 2017

February 28, 2017

Meeting Summary (PDF)

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

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. […]

Miami-Dade Local Mitigation Bulletin, December 2016

December 20, 2016

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

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