Hurricane season 2020 is here. Are you prepared?

Hurricane season 2020 is here. Are you prepared?

Now more than ever, it is important to review your hurricane preparedness plan to a adapt quickly to a weather emergency. We know how difficult it is to focus on one more impending threat to our well-being, but we are here to help!


Cultural Resources

There are a variety of tools and resources individual artists and non-profit arts organizations can refer to when preparing for an emergency. The Arts & Business Council of Miami  and the CERF+,  have prepared useful guides and compiled important links we can share to help you in the process.



ArtsReady  is a web-based emergency preparedness platform designed to provide arts and cultural organizations with a customized business continuity plan. An initiative of South Arts, the program has different levels of membership to help organizations get started and become informed on the steps to take in case of an emergency.

Basic membership offers organizations the following:
ArtsReady newsletter
Updates and tips from ArtsReady on response, recovery, and readiness
Access the ArtsReady Library


2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
Ends This Thursday, June 4, 2020

The state of Florida’s 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is here! The sales tax extends through Thursday, June 4, 2020. During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. For more information and a list of qualifying items, please see the  Department of Revenue’s Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday.


Miami-Dade Readiness Guide and Resources

Miami-Dade County’s Hurricane Readiness portal  and guide offer detailed local information for individuals and organizations.  Here you will find information on the actions you should take before, during and after a storm impacts South Florida.  Here you will also find the latest guidelines and information regarding the activation of evacuation centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. You may access the portal by clinking on the link below

The Hurricane Door Hanger provides a quick graphic way to identify households that need assistance after the storm. You may download and print the  Hurricane Door Hanger.

You can also follow Miami-Dade County on social media for hurricane updates:



The Ready MDC mobile application is now available to the public via Google Play  for Android and the iOS App Store  for iPhone. The mobile application allows Miami-Dade residents and visitors to get up-to-the minute information before, during and after a hurricane strike, including:

How to prepare for a hurricane
Areas that are in danger of storm surge
Evacuation center locations
Emergency bus pick-up sites
What to do with pets
Emergency evacuation & assistance information and much more


Miami-Dade Alerts

Staying informed during an imminent threat or emergency is critical in helping make the right decision. The Miami-Dade County Alerts system will notify you about public safety issues and weather advisories on your cell phone.

Alerts is a free service that enables County residents or visitors to receive emergency texts and/or emails regarding public safety issues, recommended public protective actions, or other emergency information. Sign up now.


Alliance for Response Miami

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is a proud member of The Alliance for Response Miami. AFR Miami connects the arts community with the first responder and emergency management community in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. An alliance of artists, museums, archives, libraries, galleries, cultural institutions, and emergency responders in the Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, AFR Miami provides a forum for information and communication to foster a cooperative approach to emergency management and cultural heritage protection. A Weather Ready Nation Ambassador for the National Weather Service, the Alliance for Response Miami works with arts groups, cultural institutions, and local emergency services to develop mutual understanding in advance of any emergency and/or disaster. For tips and resources to prepare before an emergency and/or disaster, please visit the  webpage, Twitter @afrsflorida  and  Facebook page.

The Department of Cultural Affairs will stay in touch with you to make it through Hurricane season and the pandemic and all of the uncertainty surrounding the immediate future.


The most reliable way to contact us continues to be through email. You can find a staff directory at

Please check the County’s web site for more COVID-19 information and for regular updates:

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