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Friday, 29 September 2017 15:37

After Hurricane Irma, Miami-Dade Asks: What Needs to Be Fixed Before the Next Storm?

(TNS) — Miami-Dade government employs the second-largest workforce in the county. Why couldn’t it find enough people to open hurricane shelters on time?

That’s one of the topics likely to be broached Thursday when the County Commission convenes a meeting at 1 p.m. to examine Miami-Dade’s response to Hurricane Irma, which sparked the largest evacuation in the county’s history as well as complaints that the government wasn’t ready for the logistical demands of a major storm.

The most visible challenges came in the increasingly frantic days before Irma’s projected landfall in south Florida. Until the Friday before Irma hit on Sunday, Sept. 10, forecasts had the Category 5 storm as one of the most threatening ever for Miami, with the possibility of the eye crossing the city’s downtown. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez issued unprecedented evacuation orders for more than 600,000 residents.