For Immediate Release:
August 25, 2016

Media Contact:
Erika Benitez


Preparedness is Key

(MIAMI, Aug. 25, 2016) – Although uncertainty still remains in the forecast track for the system out in the Atlantic, there is still a possibility that a tropical system may impact South Florida. The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) would like to remind residents that making a hurricane plan ahead of time, including arrangements for your pets, and stocking up on vital supplies and medications will go a long way toward helping you and your loved ones stay safe in the event of a storm.

As a reminder that this time of the year is a concern due to high activity, yesterday marked the 24 anniversary of Hurricane Andrew, a storm that made landfall as a Category 5 and destroyed over 25,000 homes damaging nearly 100,000 more.

Please remember that disaster kits and emergency supplies should be ready before the threat of a hurricane. Once a hurricane warning is declared, preparations should focus on securing your home and property. Preparedness does not have to break your budget, for a list of disaster kit items, check out our survival kit list.

Receive free emergency alerts via emails and/or texts with details on public safety issues such as: weather warnings like tornado, tropical storm or hurricane warnings; recommended public protective actions; or other emergency information.

Residents requiring evacuation assistance due to their medical conditions or need for specialized transportation, or other evacuation assistance requirement can register for assistance in an event that requires evacuation.

For comprehensive information regarding hurricane readiness check out our Hurricane Guide available in English, Spanish and Creole.

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