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Hurricane Irma

As we continue our recovery and cleanup efforts, please visit the Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.

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We can attempt to educate drivers until we turn blue, but in the end, the hard fact of life in Miami is that pedestrians will never be able to rely on driver responsibility. Pedestrian safety is greatly dependent on the pedestrian knowing how to “walk defensively.”


Keraunomedicine is the medical study of lightning casualties, and this word is significant to Floridians because we lead the nation in lightning deaths and injuries by a landslide.

Snakes and Snake Bites

Familiarize yourself with what to do (and not do) during an unexpected snake encounter. A handy, downloadable brochure provides a list of some Florida snakes with helpful information to help you identify venomous and non-venomous snakes.

Beach Safety

Surf conditions will be your most challenging safety issue on the beach.  What looks like soft mounds of water, gently rolling toward the shore can actually be way more than you can handle once you get out there.  It is crucial that you know your own swimming abilities and the abilities of your companions, especially if they are children. 

Bites and Stings

If someone has been stung by many bees at once or has an allergic reaction to the stings, call 9-1-1. While the stings themselves rarely kill, fatalities are more commonly linked with allergic reactions to stings and infections related to the stings.


An average of 700 people die every year in recreational boating mishaps.  Drowning is the number one cause of these fatalities, and 86% of the drowning victims were not wearing life jackets.  The vast majority of boating accidents are caused by operator-controlled factors and not by the boat, equipment or environmental factors.  Eighty percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the operator had not taken a boater education or safety course.

Travel Safety Tips

Before leaving your home, make sure it is secure and all major appliances are turned off. Ask a trusted neighbor or friend to collect your mail and newspaper each day so that your absence is not obvious.

Pool Safety

As a resident of Miami-Dade, you have genuine cause for concern.  Florida ranks third in the nation for all drowning fatalities, and Miami-Dade County leads the state.  Because our warm climate allows for swimming activities most of the year, there is an abundance of swimming pools in the county and we spend a significant portion of our lives in or around pools.

Children Going to School

If you drive your children to school, the number one rule is for everyone to buckle-up. The congestion of hurried buses and cars around the school can be dangerous.

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