20210703 Governor DeSantis Provides Update on State Response Efforts to Surfside Building Collapse


Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that after discussion with local Surfside officials and structural engineers, the rest of the Champlain South building will be demolished this weekend ahead of potential impacts from Tropical Storm Elsa in order to ensure the safety of residents and first responders. Demolition activities will be scheduled within 36 hours. First responders will resume search and rescue efforts as soon as possible after the demolition. The State will also bear all costs related to the demolition of the building.

This morning, Governor Ron DeSantis was joined by Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez, Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Florida Emergency Management Division (FDEM) Director Kevin Guthrie and Surfside Mayor Charles Burkett for a media availability to provide updates on the Surfside Building collapse. reply.

Full remarks regarding the current response from this morning’s press conference are available here. Vicegobernadora Jeanette Nuñez también pronunció comentarios in español. Los comentarios comienzan at 12.55 p.m.

There are currently more than 500 first responders and state agents on site to support ongoing search and rescue efforts. State response efforts include:

Florida Emergency Management Division (FDEM)

  • The FDEM Deputy Director and Recovery Team will remain on site to assist with the Surfside response while the FDEM Director Kevin Guthrie will lead the response to Tropical Storm Elsa in Tallahassee at the Emergency Operations Center. of State. Once the response to Tropical Storm Elsa is complete, additional FDEM staff will return to Surfside to continue to respond to all requests from local partners.
  • The State Emergency Response Team provides weather updates on Tropical Storm Elsa to response teams in Surfside and executes contingency plans for Tropical Storm Elsa co-response. This includes meeting requests for equipment such as generators and air-conditioned tents to on-site first responders to ensure their safety and well-being during storm impacts.
  • Under the leadership of FDEM Director and State Coordinating Officer Kevin Guthrie, five Federal Urban Search and Rescue Type 1 (USAR) task forces from Virginia, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey have arrived at Surfside to make sure additional first responders are in case of bad weather in Florida.
  • To date, the state has responded to 114 resource requests for the Surfside Building Collapse, and 21 additional requests are being mobilized today.
  • FDEM has completed the accreditation process for all state personnel deployed to the scene to ensure the Surfside area remains safe and secure as USAR task forces focus on their critical search and rescue missions.
  • FDEM continues to provide PPE, spare boots and other clothing to USAR responders to provide additional protection and safety while working on site. The Division distributed 450 pairs of boots, 27,000 pairs of socks and 360 pairs of heavy demolition gloves.
  • To date, FDEM staff have helped more than 70 people register for FEMA Individual Assistance.
  • In conjunction with FDEM, Royal Caribbean Group docked Royal Caribbean International’s Explorer of the Seas in PortMiami to provide free accommodation and support for the tireless efforts of search and rescue teams working at the Surfside Building Collapse.
  • The division has coordinated with FEMA and has already received $ 20.5 million in one week to support ongoing response efforts at Surfside.
  • The FDEM issued Emergency Order 21-004, which waives certain requirements for the affordable housing programs of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, in order to make additional housing units available to those affected by the collapse. .
  • The state has mental wellness teams and critical incident stress management resources on-site to support the mental health of USAR responders.
  • The state’s mental health coordinator is on site and works with the Florida Crisis Response Team and local organizations to centralize available mental health resources.

Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT)

  • FDOT personnel are on site to assist with 24 hour debris removal. To date, more than 220 debris removal trucks have removed over 2,280 tonnes of debris from the Surfside collapse site. .
  • FDOT continues to respond to Miami-Dade County resource requests for additional traffic maintenance devices.

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

  • DCF distributed over $ 6,000 in Publix, Visa and Target gift cards to those affected at the Family Assistance Center.
  • DCF, in partnership with local provider 211 Jewish Community Services, has helped more than 25 affected people with on-site behavioral health services.

Florida Department of Health (FDOH)

  • By decree of Governor DeSantis 21-148, the FDOH issued Emergency order 21-002 extend deadlines for license renewal and certification for paramedics and emergency medical technicians.
  • FDOH activated the Florida Crisis Response Team, formerly known as the Florida Crisis Consortium, to provide behavioral health care to those affected at the Family Reunification Center.
  • FDOH supports the Florida Mortuary Operations Emergency Response Team request to activate for recovery operations.
  • The FDOH coordinates with local partners on site to assess and respond to any potential danger to public health.

Florida Department of Economic Opportunities (DEO)

  • WD announced that the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved an administrative declaration for Miami-Dade, Broward, Collier and Monroe counties, which provides economic disaster loans, disaster loans physical business and domestic disaster loans to eligible individuals and businesses affected by the Surfside building collapse. Applicants can apply online using the electronic loan application through the SBA’s secure website at Disaster.SBA.gov.
  • WD has an on-site mobile unit in the Surfside business district with deployed staff who coordinate available business resources with the SBA. The mobile site is at 95e between Harding and Collins Avenue.
  • WD Secretary Dane Eagle has visited dozens of businesses in the region to personally assess the impacts on their business and their employees.
  • WD also has a team located in the Family Assistance Center to help with housing and business resources.

Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)

  • The DEP issued a Emergency final order (EFO) waiving licensing requirements for the storage and treatment of solid waste. The EFO also includes guidance for managing disaster debris and asbestos to aid in ongoing rescue and recovery efforts.

Florida Department of Highway and Motor Vehicle Safety (FLHSMV)

  • FLHSMV issued Emergency order 062621, which waives replacement fees for driver’s licenses and identity documents, vehicle registrations and titles, ship registrations and titles and temporary parking permits for those affected.
  • FLHSMV provides free driver’s license and motor vehicle services to those affected at the Family Assistance Center and coordinates with the Red Cross to identify anyone in need of assistance.
  • The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) provides traffic control in the Surfside area and security in FLHSMV mobile units.

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR)

  • The DBPR Condominium Ombudsman is available locally to provide assistance and resources to those affected.

Volunteering in Florida and Nonprofit Organizations

  • Cash is the most flexible and efficient form of giving. Two verified funds have been started by established local organizations to receive monetary donations: SupportSurfside.org and Neighbors4Neighbors.org/SurfsideFund.
  • Volunteer Florida is on hand to distribute donated goods directly to those affected by the Surfside Building collapse, and is constantly meeting with Miami-Dade County officials to discuss long-term recovery efforts.
  • In coordination with Volunteer Florida, Amazon donated 500 laundry bags, 2,000 laundry pods and 2,000 drying sheets for USAR responders at Surfside.

The state’s previous response efforts for the Surfside Building collapse are available to:

  • Friday July 2
  • Thursday July 1
  • Wednesday June 30
  • Tuesday 29 June
  • Monday June 28
  • Sunday evening June 27
  • Sunday morning June 27
  • saturday june 26
  • friday 25 june
  • Thursday June 24

People with information on loved ones who are missing or in safety are encouraged to call the reunification hotline at (305) 614-1819.

Data subjects can sign up to receive updates and access resources through a centralized alert system by visiting SurfsideFamilies.com or call toll free at (833) 930-3701. Agents are available in English and Spanish and will contact those who have registered with the alert system.

Those affected are also encouraged to contact the following helplines for immediate emotional support:

  • SurfsideStrength.com
  • Disaster Hotline – (800) 985-5990
  • 211 Florida Network – 211
  • Crisis text line – Text HELLO to 741741

Government personnel remain on site and will continue to provide assistance, as requested.

Update: Saturday July 3, 2021

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