NOAA's National Hurricane Center has posted the dates for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season: June 1st through November 30th. According Global Weather Oscillations, Inc., the 2014 season will have 17 named storms, 8 hurricanes and 3 major hurricanes. Read details of their 2014 report here.
As hurricane season nears, Resilient Miami is commencing its work with local communities to help build Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs). The teams will be created at the neighborhood level, with special attention given to building a network of locally trained community members that are prepared to respond to emergencies as they arise.
CERTs are far more than emergency response-trained neighbors, they are the foundation for a connected, informed community built on the vision of resilience and preparedness. One of the most important things to remember is that in the case of a severe event, such as a hurricane, you are basically on your own for at least 48 hours before emergency crews are assembled and can arrive with assistance and supplies. A community's preparedness for those 48 hours (or possibly more) can mean the difference between life and death.
Resilient Miami is starting with two communities, Little Havana and Miami Beach, in creating CERT trainings and neighborhood groups. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a CERT member for your community or for more information.