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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.

About Evacuation

If a hurricane evacuation is ordered, residents are encouraged to stay with family members or friends in an inland, non-evacuation area. Hurricane Evacuation Centers will also be opened, but the Centers should only be considered as a last resort. Additionally, Emergency Bus Pick-Up Sites will be activated to provide public transportation to and from designated Hurricane Evacuation Centers.


The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau coordinates with local emergency management officials to provide crucial information to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors. Please be sure to follow any orders issued by local officials in an emergency, such as evacuation and sheltering.

You should also be aware that during an evacuation, visitors may be evacuated prior to residents. It is imperative that you, as a visitor, evacuate immediately upon issuance of an evacuation order.

About Storm Surge Planning Zones

Emergency Management officials have recently completed a study utilizing new technology to determine with more accuracy the potential impact of storm surge. The result of the study showed more areas of Miami-Dade County at risk for storm surge. For this reason, we have redefined areas in the County that should plan for evacuation and property protection, and we have produced a new Storm Surge Planning Zone Map that corresponds to this updated information.

Storm surge is the primary reason why Miami-Dade County residents are asked to evacuate prior to a hurricane event. However, there are other factors involved in a hurricane evacuation order so always follow the protective actions issued by emergency officials.

A Storm Surge Planning Zone is an area that could potentially be affected by a storm surge of 1.5 feet or higher during a hurricane. The Storm Surge Planning Zones indicated on the enclosed map identify those areas whose residents may have to evacuate or “shelter-in-place,” so these residents are advised to develop contingency plans for either scenario. A portion, if not all of the defined Storm Surge Planning Zones could be included in an Evacuation Area. This means that residents within those areas will be required to move under an evacuation order for an impending storm.

It is very important to note that the exact areas to be evacuated for an approaching hurricane will depend on the strength of the storm and where it is coming from, as well as the forward speed. Each storm is different and the zones under an evacuation order may be adjusted. There is no single storm that would threaten entire areas; but each area in the surge zones is at risk from at least one possible storm scenario.

If and when Storm Surge Planning Zones need to be evacuated, Miami-Dade County will use the full spectrum of media and notification means at our disposal to inform residents. For example, radio and TV stations will broadcast emergency information. In addition, you can register for emergency notifications to the device of your choice via the County's emergency notification system, Miami-Dade Alerts.

If you need to evacuate, it is important to bring:

  • Bedding
  • Infant & child care items, such as formula, diapers, toys, etc.
  • Cash
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Comfort materials, such as books, magazines, etc.
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • Extra clothing
  • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

It’s strongly recommended to bring portable electronic devices— such as phones and tablets—fully charged as there are limited outlets at shelters.

Note: Service animals are permitted.

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Evacuation Zone Map

Learn more about designated shelter locations and bus pickup points. View the enlarged map.


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