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Disaster Response

Whenever a disaster has or will impact Miami-Dade County there are a multitude of jobs that need to be accomplished. Relying solely on volunteers from the community to accomplish these tasks is not prudent. To address this problem the Disaster Assistance Employee (DAE) program was created.

Miami-Dade County Ordinance  Chapter 8B - Sections 11 and 12

This Miami-Dade County Ordinance authorizes the recruitment, training and use of County employees as DAE personnel to assist in disaster response efforts in Miami-Dade County.

Penalties: It is unlawful for anyone to fail or refuse to obey any such order issued by the Mayor, the Board, the Manager, or the Director or their designee pursuant to this chapter. Anyone convicted of a violation of this section is punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than one hundred and eighty (180) days, or both. (Ord. No. 99-51;2, 5-25-99)

To update your contact information in Bluebook, the database utilized to assign DAE staff, please visit Employee Portal.

Concept of Operations

The DAE program requires the cooperation and active participation of all County departments and employees for successful implementation. Because DAE activities cross departmental lines, a cooperative approach is used in the development and implementation of the DAE program. During activations, all DAE disaster work assignments will fall under the coordination and control of the Miami-Dade County EOC. The decision to implement and cease programs will be decided based upon the needs of the community and upon the decision of the Incident Commander (County Mayor, or designee).

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