Miami, FL – The New Florida Majority (NewFM) has partnered with several community organizations and leaders to prepare the community in South and North Florida for Hurricane Dorian, and to assist the needs of the most marginalized communities after the storm leaves.
NewFM recently launched the website hurricaneflorida.org and text alerts to keep the community informed in English, Spanish and Kreyol.
In addition, NewFM supported the opening of three Community Emergency Operations Centers (CEOCs) in Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval counties together with the Smile Trust, the Miami Climate Alliance, Old Dillard Museum, Catalyst Miami, FANM, Sant La Haitian Neighborhood Center, Circle of Brotherhood, Sisterhood Circle, The ARC, the Miami Workers center, the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Organize Florida, and Dade County Street Response Team, the Community Justice Project, among others.
At the CEOCs, volunteers are already receiving donations and stocking up on supplies to be able to assist all communities in need after the hurricane, especially where the government help doesn’t arrive. Dozens of pop-up community hubs are expected to open after the storm to serve for food distribution and to bring resources from the CEOCs directly to the neighborhoods.
“Our neighbors are our first responders. That’s why the CEOCs have been so successful, because they give a way for people to help others while making sure that no one is forgotten or left behind,” says Nancy Metayer, Climate Justice Campaign Manager for the New Florida Majority. “The CEOCs are not shelters; instead, they are community-led spaces to provide assistance to low-income families after the storm in areas where the government may not be able to assist immediately.”
The most updated list of CEOCs can be found here:
Miami Dade: Circle of Brotherhood – 5120 NW 24th Ave, Miami, FL 33142
Broward: Old Dillard Museum, 1009 NW 4th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Jacksonville: Mount Sinai Baptist Church, 2036 Silver St, Jacksonville, FL 32206
Community organizations are calling for volunteers and donations anytime before or after the hurricane.