On June 7 FEMA’s International Affairs Division participated in an emergency preparedness seminar hosted by the State Department/Office of Foreign Missions and the Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management. The seminar focused primarily on preparing Miami-area consulates for the 2012 hurricane season. FEMA’s briefing covered the International Assistance System, disaster assistance programs available to foreign nationals, and external communications.
Miami, Fla., June 7, 2012 -- Representatives from Miami-area Consulates participate in a half-day seminar on emergency preparedness. Photo credit: State Department, Office of Foreign Missions.
Of the 36 consulates located in the Miami area, 26attended the seminar. Other participants included Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service, and the Red Cross. Representatives from the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of Miami Beach explained Miami-area hotel policies and programs that can assist tourists in determining the best course of action during an impending hurricane. Hotel hurricane guides provide crucial information to guests 48 hours before a hurricane hits, and many coastal hotels have pre-existing agreements with inland hotels to evacuate guests if necessary. The City of Miami Beach also keeps a running registry of available hotels during a hurricane.
FEMA’s participation in these types of events provides an opportunity to provide standardized and consistent messaging that supports the safety and welfare of foreign national visitors to the United States. FEMA’s International Affairs Division has also implemented a program of workshops to reach out to Consular communities around the country. Close collaboration with FEMA’s Regional Offices, state and local partners, and other federal agencies ensures maximum benefit to the communities we serve.