For Immediate Release:
August 30, 2015

Media Contact:
Erika Benitez
Erikab@miamidade.gov
305-877-8286



Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management issues flood safety reminders with potential for heavy rainfall/flooding Sunday and Monday


The Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is issuing flood safety reminders in expectation of the heavy rainfall and flooding possible for Sunday night and Monday morning. 

The National Weather Service is forecasting a two day average of three to five inches of rain for the southeast Florida metropolitan area. The extremely high atmospheric moisture said to be the cause of the potential rainfall is tied to the remnants of Tropical Storm Erika. The forecast calls for the system to produce as much as three to six inches of rain across portions of South Florida with the potential for localized areas experiencing higher amounts.

OEM reminds residents to visit the Ready South Florida website for tips on how to develop an emergency plan for the home and business, create an emergency kit and be informed during a disaster.  The website is available in English, Spanish and Creole. 

FLOOD SAFETY TIPS:

  • Do not drive through a flooded area:  Don't drive around road barriers, or through large puddles. Hidden debris may be just under the surface that could disable your car.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires:  Electrocution is also a major killer in floods. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to Florida Power and Light's customer service number at (305) 442-8770.
  • Do not play in standing water:  If water is stagnant for extended periods, there is a potential for contamination. Playing or remaining in standing water should be avoided.
  • Monitor media: Continue monitoring local media or verified social media platforms for the latest updates and advisories. Follow-us on Twitter @MiamiDadeEM.

OEM is committed to working with its partners and the community to lessen the impact of disasters and potential catastrophic incidents. OEM accomplishes its mission through planning, response, and coordination of information and resources.

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call in advance 305-468-5400.


 

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