Sunday, June 10, 2018

Follow up & photos from 2018 Hurricane Workshop with Bryan Norcross. Important Disaster Preparedness Links & contact information.

Palmetto Bay Hurricane Workshop, 2018 edition, was another success!  THANK YOU to all who participated.
Photo Credit: Tracie Rusak
Palmetto Bay is prepared! Our hurricane preparedness "Lunch and Learn" workshop was held on Saturday, June 9th at 11 a.m. Village Hall, which included a  Huricane Presentation by NOAA Meteorologist Robert Molleda, and Meteorologist Bryan Norcross

How many of you know that our Kelly Craig was part of the Hurricane Andrew team with Bryan Norcross and Tony Segreto? 

While it was fun to pull out some old photos and reminisce it was more important to prepare for the next one - and rest assured that Palmetto Bay is prepared.  Are you? 

Per Robert Molleda, Meteorologist, NOAA - 2017 was first year a Storm Surge Warning was issued / areas where there may not have been hurricane force winds, but there were local threats nonetheless. Discussion of going “Beyond the Cone”

A single storm can cause more than just dollars in damages.  It can cost human lives. We know from experience that people are more likely to be safer and have the ability to recover more quickly when they are properly prepared.

I have provided you with links below [as well as posted on my blog (CLICK HERE) for the resource links or (CLICK HERE) to view past posts relative to Disaster Preparedness]. You should have your disaster preparedness kit and have a plan to keep your family safe.  Is your insurance coverage adequate? Those living near the coast should be familiar with the applicable evacuation routes.  Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for themselves, their families, and their pets.  By making proper preparations, you will allow the first responders to focus on helping the most vulnerable residents.

Bryan Norcross was recognized for his 50 years of service in broadcasting

2017 Hurricane Heroes were recognized throughout this event. Partial recipients
Thank you to all who stepped forward and went above and beyond for your neighbors! 
I am proud of the efforts of Team Palmetto Bay and the preparations through the administration, Manager Ed Silva and the team. Our Village Policing Unit, Public Services, Parks, Code Enforcement, Building and Permitting all have important roles to play.  Our Palmetto Bay disaster teams are active before, during and after storms. Remember that you can count on me to properly/safety shelter in place in order to be ready to immediately participate in post storm activity.

Who remembered that PBay's Dir. of Communication was part of the Bryan Norcross team
covering Hurricane Andrew - pictured throughout the first 23 hours of coverage
Left to Right: Bryan Norcross, Kelly Craig & Tony Segreto - Channel 4 team

 Kelly Craig presents Bryan Norcross with a special cake celebrating his 50th year in broadcasting

Posted below are important links and phone numbers for hurricane / Disaster Preparedness information from State of Florida, Attorney General, Miami-Dade County, Cutler Bay, Pinecrest and Palmetto Bay - all in one location for you.  

There is also information on how to register with Miami-Dade Alerts, a wireless emergency alerting system.  Register for this free service and receive local weather and hurricane alerts to your computer or cell phone.

Please take the time to review Palmetto Bay on-line:

Village of Palmetto Bay Hurricane Preparedness Page
the Village of Palmetto Bay Disaster Preparedness Guide:

Town of Cutler Bay Hurricane Preparedness Page

Village of Pinecrest Hurricane Preparedness Page
HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS Page - important links
Listen to Pinecrest Radio on your car radio at 1590 AM. The station regularly broadcasts announcements and, during an emergency, will provide important information to Pinecrest residents.

Miami-Dade County’s Emergency pages – Hurricane preparedness:

What about your pets?  Download the tip sheet from Miami-Dade Animal Services, Disaster Preparedness - Animal Supplies Checklist: - Disaster Preparedness page for animals

Be 'PETPARED' for disasters:

(CLICK HERE) Disaster Preparedness for pets-  page prepared by the ASPCA

Miami-Dade Alerts
Miami-Dade County has some important resources to help keep you informed and prepared, like the free Hurricane Guide and Miami-Dade Alerts, a wireless emergency alerting system.  Internet users can register for this free service and receive local weather and hurricane alerts.  I encourage everyone to register online at


For Evacuation Assistance: 311 (people requiring special needs shelters must register in advance)

Answer Center                      311

Rumor control:                      311

Emergency Management     305-468-5400

FP&L   (800-4OUTAGE)       800-468-8243

Florida City Gas                    305-691-8710

State Volunteer Hot-line:       1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571)

Elder Affairs:                         1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)

Dept. of Financial Services Insurance Claim Hotline:
                                              1-800-22-STORM (227-8676)

Price Gouging Hot-Line:       1-866-966-7226 or file a

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