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Register for Evacuation Assistance

The Emergency and Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP) is for eligible individuals in Miami-Dade County who need evacuation assistance and/or sheltering or who would like to receive a wellness call after a disaster, if an evacuation was not necessary for the individual’s location.

Eligible applicants will be assigned to an emergency evacuation center appropriate for the level of care required. These centers are also available for those under the age of 18 who require a specialized level of care.

The program offers:

  • specialized transportation
  • safe shelter
  • medical monitoring
  • wellness checks

The EEAP may be used for emergencies and potentially hazardous events that occur in Miami-Dade County, such as:

  • hurricanes or tornadoes
  • chemical/hazardous material releases (e.g., industrial accident or act of terrorism)
  • wildfires
  • widespread power outages
  • radiation releases (e.g., from a nuclear power plant incident or act of terrorism)

Emergency evacuation centers are intended as a refuge of last resort for those who do not have an alternate safe location for evacuation. They do not offer the same level of care or equipment as healthcare facilities.

Residents of residential health care facilities such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes do not qualify for this program as the administrators of these facilities are required by law to develop an emergency plan and provide emergency assistance for their clients.

VIDEO ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP) is designed for individuals living at home that need assistance with evacuation.

  • Eligibility & Requirements

    You are eligible for this program if any of the following conditions apply:

    • You are unable to evacuate on your own due to a specialized transportation need.
    • You are homebound and unable to walk to a bus pickup point and do not have anyone that can provide transportation.
    • You have medical needs that prevent you from evacuating on your own.
    • You are bedbound.
    • You are on life-sustaining medical equipment that requires electricity.
    • You require assistance with daily living activities.
  • Register for the EEAP

    Register Now. Do not wait until an evacuation order is issued.

    When an emergency arises, pre-registered individuals will have priority over those who have not registered for the program.

    To apply for yourself or on someone’s behalf, complete all sections of the application.

    If more than one person requires medical assistance during evacuations, each person must complete and submit a separate application.

    If you require a higher level of medical care, your primary care physician should complete and sign the application before submission.

    Office of Emergency Management (OEM) or support personnel will contact you to verify your registration information and answer any questions.

    You will receive a letter informing you if you have been accepted into the program. This letter will include the evacuation assistance you are eligible to receive and your responsibilities.

    We offer three options to apply, an online application, download a pdf and mail it back or you can call to request and application in English, Spanish, Haitian Creole or in an alternate format such as Braille, large print or electronically,

    You will be contacted on a semi-annual basis to re-certify your need for this program.

    You do not need to complete an application every year, but it you or your caregiver’s responsibility to report any changes to the information provided on the application by calling EEAP’s Support Line.

  • During An Emergency

    You will be contacted by phone to coordinate evacuation assistance when an evacuation order is issued to determine what specialized sheltering and/or transportation services are needed.

    It is you or your caregiver’s responsibility to monitor the media for updated information on what actions may need to be taken. You must be prepared to evacuate when transportation arrives. If you miss your scheduled pickup, there may not be time for a second attempt.

    You should pre-assemble supplies you might need in an evacuation or disaster. Bring at least a 72-hour supply of all medications, dietary supplements, medical supplies, and personal items to the center. Store them in as easy- to-carry container such as a backpack or duffel bag.

    It is recommended that your caregiver or companion accompany you throughout the emergency period to ensure the your needs are met in a timely manner.

  • Pets and Service Animals

    • If you have a pet you must make arrangements for their care prior to being evacuated.
    • Service animals are allowed in all emergency evacuation centers.

Phone Number(s)

Mail / Email

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Fire Rescue
Dave Downey, Fire Chief

R. David Paulison Fire Rescue Headquarters
9300 NW 41st Street, Miami, FL 33178-2414
786-331-5000786-331-5000