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Seniors Get Help with Preparation for Hurricane Season

Senior citizens in Miami-Dade County’s District 3 received hurricane preparedness kits June 12 in the wake of hurricane season.

Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson and Hattie Willis, executive director of Communities United Inc. joined together to supply the seniors with the essentials to get them through a possible disaster.

“Each year, we try to reach very needy seniors who might not otherwise be able to put together a kit to get them through the first 72 hours after a hurricane,” Edmonson said. “It’s important that we help these seniors, who often live alone, to be ready and survive a major storm. Neighbors should also learn who lives next door and help each other during these emergency situations.”

Each kit consisted of a pack of bottled water and a small cooler on wheels filled with items such as a fan, phone, batteries, bleach, paper goods, plastic utensils, wipes and important information in case of emergency.

Hurricane Readiness brochures are available by calling 311. The Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program provides evacuation support to residents who require specialized transportation assistance or whose medical needs prevent them from evacuating on their own. For more information about this service, call the support line at 305-513-7700.