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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
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Fire Rescue
Dave Downey, Fire Chief

R. David Paulison Fire Rescue Headquarters
9300 NW 41st Street, , Miami, FL 33178-2414
786-331-5000 |