Irma Response – The CCC

UPG has a new home in Wynwood at

Irma CCC – Community Creative Command 

A Disaster Response Hub is now operating in Wynwood. It integrates professional Disaster Management with can-do local non-profit skillsets and for-profit resources. The FEMA/National Guard base is just yards away. Led by Third Wave Volunteers and Urban Paradise Guild, hosting members of the CEOC and The Miami Climate Alliance.  We have already begun to provide some solutions to Keys needs, and we hope to build on the strengths of the CEOC (see below).

Note: With power, internet and cell service down in much of Miami, the wish list post was delayed. We hope to have dedicated comms up soon.

CEOC – Community Emergency Operations Center 

The Miami Climate Alliance including UPG and other member organizations was formed because of anticipated conditions: weak government response to the the storm’s expected impacts. 80% of FPL’s customers lost power, and the economically disadvantaged were often without options for the basics. After helping to feed around 20,000 meals, these predictions were proven correct. As power is being restored (90% on 9/18), the need for food distribution is diminishing. The economic realities that prolong poverty still must be addressed.


Sam Van Leer Cell 305-758-5119 (if it works… let’s talk. Otherwise, send e-mail). [email protected]


Our warehouse is a base for both Logistics and Volunteers is at:

Creative Command Coalition (CCC)
537 NW 24 St / Miami, FL  33127

FL Keys Donations: You must specify “this is for the FL Keys” when you drop of, or your donation goes into general inventory.


  1. Communications. We anticipate cable to be brought online soon.
  2. Wish List: Click Here. Corporate Donors are ESPECIALLY needed. Come on, please step up.
  3. Funding.
  4. Staff. We need Volunteer Staff (sorry, no pay). ESPECIALLY people to help mange logistics, inventory, etc. Of course if we had the Funding… see below.
  5. Volunteers: See our Calendar for Volunteer Opportunities.
  6. HOSTS for Volunteers! We have folks coming from out of town, and they need a place to stay. So far there are both singles and families. Let me know.


Click Here for IRMA Donations Wish List

This includes: Items Needed Equipment Needed Drive-In Delivery

Not Needed: Most clothing, blankets, cooked food.
Please don’t drop these items off – we can not distribute them. Thanks for understanding. 

 Staff Needed 

UPG needs Volunteer Staff to provide critical functions.

Warehouse Manager
Shift Supervisors
Logistics Coordinator
Forklift Operator

Partner Relations
Field Supervisor

Seeds Coordinator

Fundraising Leader

For now: To offer support, contact me by e-mail: [email protected] Include your name, cell#, the type of support you can provide.   How to Support the Response:   ======================== 100% will be used for IRMA Response. Please SHARE. If YOU shop at Amazon, please use this link. Each purchase generates a DONATION to UPG! Through December 31, 2017… ======================== Media Info:   Irma Response: Articles about the Miami CEOC