Dear Neighbors:

Thank you for all your well wishes and am glad that many of you are doing well. We know many of you in Florida are facing challenges from Hurricane Irma, including power outages, flooding and just getting back home. TV footage has shown devastating winds, rain and unending water. We also have seen kindness and decency among neighbors and strangers and we thank God for the blessings that we were not directly hit although many of our loved ones have and are going through difficult situations here at home.

To help in the recovery I  have put together information for Hurricane Irma  and will be on the ground visiting centers, and supplying resources and assistance.

If you need additional information I am only an e mail away, contact me at


IRMA RECOVERY- Information, No. 1

Miami-Dade hotels that appear on FEMA site
NOTE: you must be registered at FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 and have your registered number. FEMA gives you a voucher to pay for the hotel or it may reimburse you if you qualify.

IRMA Recovery Update No. 2

If you need immediate shelter due to lack of electricity or a place to stay, the Red Cross has consolidated their shelters to one.

It is located at the Tamiami Fair ( Coral way and South West 107th Ave) grounds in Miami, FL.  They are opened 24 hours a day and supply food, water and medical attention.

IRMA Recovery information No. 3

You may be eligible to receive
The Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program provides temporary benefits to people whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted due to a major disaster.
General Program Requirements

To qualify for DUA you must meet both of the conditions below:

Your job must have been lost or interrupted due to a presidentially declared disaster, and
You must not be eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits.…/forms-of-as…/4466/0/D05

IRMA Recovery information No. 4
Temporary Local Hire for Hurricane Irma

IRMA update No.5 .
Church El Belen Pastor, 8346 nw S River dr, MedleyFl 33166. 786-317-0554 will be providing water, detergent, diapers and food
Will be taking donations to Key West.

La campaña “Ayudemos a Homestead y Los Cayos”. AGUA.COMIDA.PAÑALES.DETERGENTES. ROPA. Nuestra base de operaciones será la IGLESIA EL BUEN PASTOR de Key West. Lugar de donaciones: 
SABADO 16 Septiembre de 10am a 8pm. 8346nw South River dr Medley 33166. Centro AFE. Tel 786 317 0554. Anótate para ser voluntario e ir a trabajar unos días en la zona 0.

Hurricane Irma update No. 6

Free FRESH food via Amazon Fresh provided by Saint Vincent de Paul, Guadalupe Catholic Church Doral- TODAY ONLY

2:30pm until the fresh fruit and vegetables are gone.
BRING YOUR OWN bags or box
116ave NW 25th Street. Doral, FL Everyone is welcomed
Volunteers & donations needed info 786-879-7099

Comida FRESCA HOY Solamente en San Vicente de Paul, Iglesia La Guadalupe en Doral, FL Traiga sus bolsas

IRMA update No. 7

Necessary Emergency Numbers/ Numeros de Emergencia
* GOVERNMENT Info or complaint 311
* Poison Control 1-800-222-1222
* FPL 1-800-4-Outtage (468-8243)
*FEMA 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) DD 1-800-462-7583
* Family Social Services 211
* Florida Transportaion hotline 1-800-955-5504
* AT&T Repairs 611 or 1-888-757-6500
* Miami Dade Emergency Management
* Go to your church or place of worship for possible assistance

IRMA Update No. 8

IRS gives extension till January 31 for Florida after President Trump declared state of emergency.…/…/hurricane-irma-taxes-irs/index.html

IRMA Update No. 9

Help for businesses that have suffered physical or economic damages. SBA has low interest loans from 3.3 to 6.6% and up to $2million dollars, no repayment penalty and up to 30 yrs to repay. Loans are based on credit history not necessarily on credit score. NO center is open yet apply on-line at

IRMA Update No.10

Second Chance Center located at 847 SW 8th St. Miami, FL 33134 will be providing information on services available for HURRICANE IRMA Recovery.

Offices will be open today from 1pm to 5pm. Donations are accepted for diapers, water, food and water. They will be giving assistance, filling out FEMA forms ( for those without internet) Questions will be answered via whats-up at 305 833-1691

Second Chance Center, localizado en el 847 SW 8th St. Miami, FL Dara asistencia para llenar formularios de FEMA (para los que no tienen internet) tambien esta recibiendo donaciones de comida, agua, panales y otros. VOLUNTARIOS y DONACIONES ACEPTADAS.

Hurricane update No. 11

FREE Telehealth for Hurricane victims…/physician-therapist-services-no…


Hurricane update No. 12Assistance for health and welfare



Hurricane update No. 13

Assistance for Veterans, Hurricane assistance has been activated call 1-800- 507-4571



Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera is an entrepreneur, educator and community leader who has worked tirelessly to tackle South Florida’s most difficult challenges. With over 30 years of experience in the private and public sectors, she has used her expertise to help thousands of local entrepreneurs start or expand their businesses. As the former economic developer and Vice Mayor for the City of Doral, Bettina helped the city become the #1 in the state and #2 in the nation in economic growth.  For over two decades Bettina has worked in Miami-Dade county and municipal government aiding citizens cut red tape and get results. She has channeled her years of expertise to train individuals in over 19 countries on business and leadership, most recently training women of Libya on grassroots development and political participation.

Bettina has dedicated most of her life to fighting for human rights,  from speaking at the United Nations in Geneva to developing efforts to expand political freedoms, equal rights and ending human trafficking at home and abroad. A champion for women’s empowerment Bettina created leadership-training programs at Miami Dade College, the University of Miami and Marconi International University.

Her vast experience in government, business and community affairs gives Bettina a skill set no other candidate can equal.


Bettina Rodríguez Aguilera es una empresaria, educadora y líder comunitaria que ha trabajado incansablemente para enfrentar los desafíos más difíciles del Sur de la Florida. Con más de 30 años de experiencia en los sectores privado y público, ha utilizado su experiencia para ayudar a miles de empresarios locales a iniciar o expandir sus negocios. Como ex-Desarrolladora Económica y Vice-Alcalde de la Ciudad de Doral, Bettina ayudó a la ciudad a convertirse en la número 1 en el estado y la 2 en la nación, en cuanto a crecimiento económico. Durante más de dos décadas, Bettina ha trabajado en el condado de Miami-Dade y el gobierno municipal ayudando a los ciudadanos a reducir la burocracia y obtener resultados. Ha canalizado sus años de experiencia para capacitar a personas de más de 19 países en negocios y liderazgo, y más recientemente ha entrenado a mujeres de Libia en el desarrollo de base y la participación política.

Bettina ha dedicado la mayor parte de su vida a luchar por los derechos humanos, desde hablar en las Naciones Unidas en Ginebra, hasta desarrollar esfuerzos para expandir las libertades políticas, igualdad de derechos y poner fin a la trata de personas en el país y en el extranjero. Como campeona del empoderamiento de las mujeres, Bettina creó programas de entrenamiento de liderazgo en el Miami Dade College, la Universidad de Miami y la Universidad Internacional Marconi.

Su vasta experiencia en asuntos gubernamentales, empresariales y comunitarios le da a Bettina un conjunto de habilidades que ningún otro candidato puede igualar.