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Communities Look to Make Emergency Planning More Equitable After Irma

Liberty City activist and NewFM member Valencia Gunder hosts a post-Irma discussion that brings together a diverse group of almost 100 people across Miami Dade County to help generate solutions that prioritize low-income communities in storm and other emergency disaster planning efforts.

On Monday 9/24, Liberty City activist and NewFM member Valencia “Vee” Gunder brought together close to 100 residents from 10 different vulunerable Miami Dade County neighborhoods to help generate solutions that prioritize low-income communities.

The night included not just the sharing of Hurricane Irma experiences, but also breakout sessions where residents discussed the improvements that they wanted to help make happen in their neighborhoods, which includesd West Grove, Perrine, Little Havana, Allapattah, Little Haiti, Liberty City, Opa Locka and Miami Gardens.

After nearly two hours, residents agreed to host community-specific meetings on the following days before resssembing again in January.  Those meetings will start next week, Monday, Oct. 2. from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Liberty City/Allapatah. Others include: 

Little Haiti: Oct. 16
Opa-Locka/Miami Gardens: Oct. 28 12 – 2 p.m.
South Dade: Dec 1 (End of hurricane season)
Overtown: Dec 1 (End of hurricane season)

“This is the first step in us being resillient – figuring out what we missed this time around, identifying the gaps and begining to fill it in ourselves,” Gunder told the crowd at the end of the evening. “We didn’t do any complaining tonigtht. We had discussions, we shared stories and we made plans. And that’s how you build community.”

Below is a playlist of clips gathered from that evening, including neighborhood report outs.