Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart to Host Hurricane Preparedness Roundtable at Emergency Operations Center

May 26, 2009
Press Release

MIAMI—Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart will host a Hurricane Preparedness Roundtable with local mayors and public officials to discuss and coordinate hurricane relief efforts between local municipalities, Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida.  The event will take place at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center in Doral on Wednesday, May 27th.  There will be a media availability immediately following the roundtable discussion at 11:45 a.m.

“With hurricane season upon us, it is important that we take the necessary steps as a community to prepare our families and our homes.

“As elected officials, we have come together to coordinate local, state and federal preparedness and relief efforts to ensure rapid response in the event of an emergency, but it is also important that individuals be prepared.  I urge all residents to do their part and make sure they are prepared for the threat of a hurricane. 

“Hurricane season cannot be taken lightly and although I remain hopeful that our communities will be spared form the tragedy of a storm, we must take the proper measures to prepare,” said Diaz-Balart.           

Diaz-Balart will also unveil three bills that he recently introduced in Congress:

H.R. 2592, the Safe Building Code Incentive Act provides post-disaster financial assistance to states with enacted and enforced statewide building codes.

H.R. 2591, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Act would require FEMA to modernize and implement an integrated public alerts and warning system. 

H. Res. 387 supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Preparedness Week, taking place May 24-30.  It passed the house earlier this month. 

As the Ranking Member of the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has oversight of FEMA and the nation’s emergency preparedness and response efforts, he also co-sponsored the FEMA Independence Act, which would make FEMA its own agency, separate of DHS, ensuring more accountability and preparedness. 

WHO: Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, local Mayors and public officials

WHAT: Press Conference to Promote Hurricane Preparedness and Awareness and Introduce Legislation (following a roundtable discussion with local Mayors and elected officials)

WHEN: Wednesday, May 27th at 11:45 a.m.

WHERE: Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center, Press Room, 9300 NW 41st Street, Miami, Florida 33178