May 31, 2018 – Today, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes(FLASH) named Miami-Dade County as the second county in the United States to receive the honorary designation as a National Hurricane Resilience Initiative – #HurricaneStrong community. The #HurricaneStrong designation is part of the National Hurricane Resilience Initiative created in 2016 to improve hurricane preparedness, mitigation, and overall readiness through increased public awareness and engagement.
The nonprofit FLASH chose the South Florida county of more than 2.7 million for the designation based on high-performing scores on the ISO Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS) and Community Rating System (CRS) for floodplain management as well as excellence in comprehensive business training, community outreach, integrated planning with the school system, establishment as a NOAA StormReady® Community, and overall leadership engagement.
“Hurricane Irma brought the largest mandatory evacuation in Miami-Dade County history,” said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson. “A successful evacuation of this magnitude was only possible as a direct result of a solid plan, a well-trained team, and strong leaders who took action ahead of time. By their broad-based efforts, Miami-Dade County has demonstrated a profound commitment to preserving the safety and serving the needs of the most hurricane-exposed community in the nation.”
Last year, the #HurricaneStrong campaign helped increase public safety and reduce economic losses from hurricanes by reaching tens of millions of residents in hurricane-exposed states with five key messages, including:
- Personal Safety – Know your evacuation zone
- Family Preparedness – Build a disaster supply kit
- Financial Security – Have an insurance checkup
- Damage Prevention – Strengthen your home
- Community Service – Help your neighbor
Leon County, FL was awarded the first #HurricaneStrong Community designation during the 2018 National Hurricane Conference for their focus on learning and improving from disaster following Hurricane Hermine and Hurricane Irma.
FEMA, FLASH, and NOAA serve as the #HurricaneStrong Presenting Partners and The Weather Channel serves as the National Media Partner.