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City of Miami Beach
1700 Convention Center Drive
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Phone: 305.673.7000

Homeland Security

Programs & Services

  • Seniors

    Social Security Check Recipients

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury advises Social Security check recipients who live in hurricane prone areas to switch to direct deposit to ensure seamless delivery of their federal benefit payments in the days following a hurricane or severe weather event. People who receive federal benefits by check in the mail can switch to direct deposit by calling the Go Direct helpline at 1.800.333.1795 (English and Espanol), signing up online at www.godirect.org (English) and www.directoasucuenta.org (en Espanol) or visiting their local bank or credit union.

  • familyplanning

    Man-Made Threats

    We can’t rule out the possibility of threats other than natural catastrophes. Disasters can also be caused by human beings, and pose a threat to our quality of life, our safety, and our economic sustainability. These emergencies include hazardous material spills, radiological emergencies, power disruption, civil unrest in various forms and cyber-attacks.

    City of Miami Beach government prepares year-round for these kinds of threats through training, drills and pre-established procedures to deal with the threats. Planning is key to protecting life safety and property.

    Have a plan, including a communications plan;

    Build your emergency preparedness kits so you can sustain yourself and those closest to you for at least a week

    Stay informed about developing situations and the location of assistance and safety. There are many action plans and checklists available on the internet. A keyword search for topics such as “disaster preparedness” and “emergency kit” will take you to sites such as ready.gov and emergency.cdc.gov, for example. Most of these sites offer similar advice about tactics you can use to best prepare and keep your family safe.

In the years since September 11, 2001, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement "(FDLE) has continued its commitment to domestic security in Florida, as directed by Florida Statute (FS) 943.0311, which established the Chief of Domestic Security and the duties of the department. In this role, the Chief of Domestic Security coordinates the efforts of the department in the ongoing assessment of the state’s vulnerability, efforts to prepare for, prevent, protect, respond to and recover from acts of terrorism that affect the state.

As a critical component of Florida’s multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional approach, Miami Beach has engaged with FDLE in numerous activities and initiatives that support our collective vision to keep Florida safe. Working alongside the Office of Domestic Security in support of this vision are specialists in the areas of critical infrastructure, intelligence and seaport security. Together, these professionals advance the goal of establishing coordinated, positive and functional relationships with federal, state, county and local agencies. The Florida Domestic Security Strategic Plan, is the blueprint or plan by which these activities and initiatives are organized and executed within this framework.

Florida Vision: working together for a safe and secure future.

Florida Mission: strengthen our coordinated capability to prepare, prevent, protect, respond and recover from all hazards through interdisciplinary and interagency consensus and commitment to build and rely on a strong regional collaboration.

In support of our vision and mission, FDLE along with Florida’s domestic security partners have established five (5) goals:

  • Goal 1: PREPARE for all hazards, natural or man-made, to include terrorism.
  • Goal 2: PREVENT, preempt and deter acts of terrorism.
  • Goal 3: PROTECT Florida’s citizens, visitors, and critical infrastructure.
  • Goal 4: RESPOND in an immediate, effective, and coordinated manner, focused on the victims of the attack.
  • Goal 5: RECOVER quickly and restore our way of life following a terrorist act.

The purpose of these goals is to establish a planned, deliberate and comprehensive effort in support of domestic security in Florida. This plan remains a working document that is revisited and reprioritized each year based on current conditions, new federal guidance, and available funding. Decisions regarding projects and initiatives to support the Strategy are made through Florida’s governance structure which includes the Regional Domestic Security Task Forces (RDSTFs), the State Working Group on Domestic Preparedness (SWG), and the Domestic Security Oversight Council (DSOC).

The City of Miami Beach Fire, Police and Emergency Manager are members of the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force (SERDSTF).

The Miami Beach Emergency Manager is a member of the State Working Group (SWG) Critical Infrastructure Workgroup which is focused on the protection of our critical infrastructure, risk management, assessments, etc.  They meet four times per year to discuss regional projects, policies, issues, etc.  Many decisions that affect the region are made at this level and we have voting power representing the emergency management community.

Terrorism Signs

As a critical component of Florida's multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional approach, the City of Miami Beach has engaged with Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) in numerous activities and initiatives that support a collective vision to keep Florida safe. Working alongside the Office of Domestic Security in support of this vision are specialists in the areas of critical infrastructure, intelligence and seaport security. Together, these professionals advance the goal of establishing coordinated, positive and functional relationships with federal, state, county and local agencies.

The Florida Domestic Security Strategic Plan is the blueprint or plan by which these activities and initiatives are organized and executed within this framework.

Signs of Terrorism

If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1. Should you experience any of the below listed activities, you are encouraged to call 305.471.TIPS or 1.866.58.ALERT (25378).

Seven Signs of Terrorism (pdf)
Miami-Dade Police Terrorism Guide (pdf)

Recognizing Suspicious Activity

Unusual activities do not always mean that terrorist activity is occurring. However, you know what is normal for your neighborhood and community.

If an activity appears to be outside the norm or is frightening, let law enforcement officials know. It is your responsibility to watch out and report. It is the responsibility of law enforcement agencies to investigate and take further action, if necessary. It is very important to give accurate information and descriptions when reporting suspicious activities (i.e., possible persons involved, the situation, vehicles involved, what made you concerned, and the location of the suspicious person(s).

Try to remember the exact time and place you observed the suspicious activity. A list of possible suspicious activities are listed to the right of this page. Remember, these examples may not always justify reporting and they may not always lead to criminal or terrorist activity. Please remember that terrorists DO NOT come from any one particular race, ethnic group or religious affiliation.

Unusual requests for information can be a warning sign of terrorist activity:

  • A telephone request at work asking about the security system
  • Questions about the habits of your companies executives, employees, visitors
  • A mail survey asking for comments on the habits of personnel. Although possibly legitimate, these are also techniques used by terrorists to gather information while planning an attack. Do NOT give out sensitive information unless you know the party you are talking to and they have a need for that information.

The following are examples of activities that should cause a heightened sense of concern:

  • Unusual Interest
  • Surveillance
  • Inappropriate Photographs or Videos
  • Note-taking
  • Drawing of Diagrams
  • Annotating Maps
  • Using Binoculars or Night Vision Devices

Unusual activity does not necessarily mean that terrorist activity is happening, but it doesn't hurt to be aware of:

  • People acting furtively and suspiciously
  • People avoiding eye contact
  • People departing quickly when seen or approached
  • People in places they don't belong
  • A strong odor coming from a building or vehicle
  • An overloaded vehicle
  • Fluid leaking from a vehicle, other than the engine or gas tank

Many 9/11 terrorists were in the country illegally using fraudulent identifications. Altering or using false government identification in any way and for any purpose is illegal. This includes:

  • Driver's License
  • Social Security Card
  • Passport / Visa
  • Birth Certificate
  • Resident Alien Identification

If you believe someone is using or has altered government identification, notify law enforcement personnel. Do NOT request to see another person's ID when not appropriate. Let law enforcement do the investigating.

Pay attention to visitors:

  • Arriving and leaving at unusual hours
  • Trying not to be noticed
  • Acting in a suspicious manner
  • Parking an unusual distance from the meeting
  • An unusual number of unrelated people living together

Not all people who maintain their privacy are terrorists. However, people intent on performing illegal acts want to be left alone. They may:

  • Not let you into their apartment or house without prior notice
  • Change their locks often
  • Keep certain rooms off limits
  • Cover tables and other pieces of furniture
  • Never allow maid service in a hotel room
  • Only take hotel room service outside the door
  • Only accept deliveries at the hotel's front desk or outside their hotel room door

Deliveries are a common method for terrorists to carry out attacks. Be aware of:

  • A vehicle with hazardous material parked or driving in an inappropriate area
  • Unusual deliveries of chemicals or fertilizer
  • Unattended boxes or bags in public access areas
  • Fire extinguishers that may have been moved or tampered
  • Unusual or unexpected mail

Terrorists need supplies to carry out their attacks and accomplish their goals. Pay attention to purchases, rentals or thefts of:

  • Police, security, public utility, mail carrier, or airline uniforms and equipment
  • Explosives
  • Weapons
  • Ammunition
  • Propane bottles
  • Toxic chemicals
  • Vehicles able/made to contain or haul hazardous materials
  • CERT Information

    The Miami Beach Community Emergency Response Team

  • Emergency Evacuation & Assistance Program

    Special Sheltering

  • Preparedness & Recovery

    Have a Plan. Build A Kit. Stay Informed.

  • American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness APP

    Notices for projects that will take place in or affect a floodplain or wetland.

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