During a Hurricane
If a hurricane is heading to your area, here are some tips to stay safe.
- Monitor your radio or television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials. Upon activation of the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center, all key service update information will be posted on www.miamidade.gov.
- Stay indoors, preferably in a room with few or no windows.
- Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room or if you evacuate your home.
- If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker.
- Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source.
- If you lose power, turn off all major appliances.
- Avoid using the phone and do not take a bath or shower during the storm.
- Fight the temptation to go outside during the eye of the storm. There's only a brief period of calm before hurricane-force winds return.
- Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress.
- Keep animals in their carriers or crate.
- Get in the tub and pull a mattress over you to protect yourself from debris if your home begins to come apart.
- Listen for advisories from local law enforcement agencies regarding roadways and bridges being locked down.
- Hurricane phone numbers, websites and social media channels