Climate

Mercado on Facing South Florida: Poor Communities Dealing With Hurricane Irma

NewFM Executive Director Andrea Mercado talks to CBS4's Jim DeFede on Sunday's Facing South Florida program about this week's County Budget hearings and local goverment's response to Hurricane Irma.

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The New Tropic: When are we really going to talk about Hurricane Irma?

Ariel Zirulnick of the New Tropic writes about how Hurricane Irma should be a wake-up call for all policymakers on the equity of hurricane preparedness plans, especially as it related to "our most vulnerable populations: the elderly and those living at or near the poverty line."

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USA Today: Frustrations boil over in Miami following Hurricane Irma

Alan Gomez of USA Today files a report from Tuesday’s Miami-Dade County budget meetings. writing how local residents are growing increasingly frustrated that “government and power officials haven’t yet gotten the region completely up and running.”  “In the days after the storm, families went hungry, elders suffered from the heat, people with diabetes were desperately asking for…

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MIami Herald: We got through Irma. And now the King tides are coming.

The Miami Herald on how researchers and volunteers, including members of the NewFM staff, are collecting data on the chemical make-up of waters affected by the area's King tides.

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Community to County Commisioners: Post-Irma Response Was Not Good Enough

For almost two hours, speaker after speaker told the assembled group of elected officials, including County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, that government's response was unequal and insufficient. In many areas, grassroots groups like New Florida Majority, Dream Defenfers, FLIC and WeCount were the first people that residents saw in their neighborhoods when the power went out.

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Groups Demand County to Do More To Protect Vulnerable Communities in Budget

Grassroots leaders who have worked in low-income and other vulnerable communities before and through Hurricane Irma have one message to those overseeing on this year’s County Budget Hearings: You must do more.

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Fotos: Nine Days After Hurricane Irma…

Nine days ago, Irma touched down in Florida, causing devastation across the state. Because NewFM focuses on building power in historically marginalized communities, we’ve seen first hand how low-income communities and communities of color are left out of emergency response efforts after deadly storms. Although NewFM has helped to provide emergency relief to over 20,000…

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Resources in Miami Dade Post-Irma

The following is a list of resources being updated daily by partner organizations that are currently available to communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.

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Little Haiti Residents Demand Someone to #TurntheLightsOn

Seniors, low income people, communities of color and other residents affected by Hurricane Irma, volunteers with the Community Emergency Operations Center and Florida grassroots organizations will hold apress conference Friday at 2 p.m. describe current post-Irma conditions and to demand that more be done to restore power, alleviate dangerous heating conditions, provide greater access to fresh food and water and ensure that people are not pushed from their homes and neighborhoods in the wake of recovery efforts.

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Help in the Post-Hurricane Irma Recovery Efforts

Sign up with community residents and local grassroots organizations to provide immediate help with recovery efforts in vulnerable communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

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