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Disaster Preparedness

Hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. Whatever plans you make for yourself, remember to include your pets. If you're riding out the storm in the home of a family member, friend or neighbor, take your pets with you.

Miami-Dade offers pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or trailers to participate in the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PEC).

Disaster Preparedness Animal Supplies Checklist

Before disaster strikes pet owners are encouraged to review the Disaster Preparedness Animal Supplies Checklist to learn how to prepare pets before, during, and after a disaster.

American Red Cross Resources

After a disaster, letting your family and friends know that you are safe and well can bring your loved ones great peace of mind.

The following services are designed to help make that communication easier.

Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers

Pet owners residing in qualified evacuation zones, unsafe structures or mobile homes can participate in the Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PEC). Pet friendly evacuation centers accept more than just cats and dogs. They also accept birds, ferrets, gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats and rabbits (small-sized, under 10 pounds, such as California or Dutch breeds). There are currently two centers that accept families with their pets during emergencies:

  • E. Darwin Fuchs Pavilion
    10901 SW 24th St.
    Miami, FL 33165
  • Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High
    1410 County Line Road
    Miami, FL 33179

Requirements for admittance to Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers:

  • Provide proof of residency within an evacuation zone
  • Present medical and current vaccination records for each pet. Annual rabies vaccinations and a visible Miami-Dade County dog license are required by Miami-Dade County Code. Strict enforcement concerning these violations is essential to ensure a rabies-free community. Cats are also required to have annual rabies vaccinations.
  • Pet owners must bring supplies for themselves and their pet(s)
  • Limit four (4) pets per household
  • Family member must remain in the PEC with the pet(s)

> Frequently asked questions on disaster preparedness
Visit the Department of Emergency Management for more information

* Miami-Dade County Animal Services does not board animals during emergencies. The shelter will be crowded due to displaced animals immediately after a storm, and it is not possible to kennel owned animals prior to an emergency event.

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