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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.

After a Hurricane

After a Hurricane

Many disaster-related injuries occur in the aftermath of a hurricane. Here are some steps to protect you and your family.

  • Remain inside until local authorities say it is safe to go outside. If you must go outside, watch for fallen objects and downed electrical wires.
  • Continue to monitor the radio or TV for advice and/or instructions from local government. Call 311 or visit the Solid Waste Management webpage for information on waste collection services and hurricane debris pickups. 
  • Inspect your home for damage, assuring that it’s safe to stay there. Check for gas leaks, if applicable.
  • Stay out of areas of heavy storm impact; do not sightsee. 
  • Obey all curfew and emergency orders when issued.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to FPL.
  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors. See more tips on generator safety.
  • Do not drive or walk through standing water. It may be much deeper than you realize and there may be hidden hazards. 
  • Place piles of debris on the right-of-way, away from fences, mailboxes, drains, power lines and low-hanging wires. Do not place debris in vacant lots or in front of commercial properties, nurseries or farmland.
  • If you live in an area where residential and commercial uses, particularly plant nurseries, are colocated, do not commingle commercial and residential debris in a single pile; keep them separate.
  • If you live on a property that is not adjacent to a public road right-of-way, do not move debris to the nearest right-of-way until instructed to do so by the County.
  • Contact your insurance agent. Take pictures of damage. Keep good records of repair and cleaning costs.
  • If you live in a gated community, do not remove debris from your property to a staging site within the community or to a public road right-of-way adjacent to the community until instructed to do so by the County.
  • Be patient and careful. Cleanup after a storm can take time.
  • Report lost or damaged garbage or recycling carts for replacement by calling 311.
  • Discard any refrigerated food that you suspect is spoiled.
  • If you want to support relief efforts being done in other affected areas, monetary donations to established voluntary organizations (such as the American Red Cross) is the primary way to help.

Storm Aides For Everyone (SAFE)

This Storm Aides For Everyone (SAFE) application was designed to identify open and available facilities near you during any disaster. 


  • Evacuation Centers
  • Hurricane bus pick up locations
  • Disaster Assistance Center (DAC)
  • Points of Distribution (POD)
  • Food and water and operational hospitals

To use the SAFE application you must either type your address or select the GPS locator to the right of the search box.

  • By using the Scrolling menu bar or the up and down arrows you will see all available facilities, the location, hours and important information.
  • The car icon will give you directions to the facility.
  • The facilities are listed from the closes to the farthest related to your location.
  • If you’re search does not return any facilities in your area you will need to increase the miles on the distance bar.

Mosquito Control

As a result of rainy, wet conditions following a hurricane, you may see an increase in mosquitoes. Take the following precautions to reduce mosquito breeding:

  • Check and empty standing water in children’s toys, untreated swimming pools, uncovered boats and watercraft that are not draining water, as well as from trash cans and lids.

Remember the following to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Repair screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.
  • Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to bite.
  • Dress in light, long and loose clothing that covers the skin.
  • Use insect repellents containing DEET.

Visit the Mosquito Control webpage for more information.

Gas stations and stores with generators or generator capability

The attachments below list gas stations and grocery stores in Miami-Dade County that have identified themselves as having backup power capability. However, it is important to keep in mind that factors other than a lack of electricity may keep businesses from opening post-disaster, including structural damage, supply shortages and/or lack of manpower. 

Use the below maps to locate the gas stations or stores nearest you, with the understanding that there is no guarantee that the store will be open immediately following a hurricane or other emergency.

Gasoline storage and generators

Store fuel in an approved container, holding five gallons or less, in a cool, dry, ventilated and secure area, away from appliances. Keep it out of the reach of children.

Generators must only be operated outside of inhabited structures in a well-ventilated area away from windows, doors, vents or other openings. They should not be operated on the balcony of a multi-unit structure.

Price gouging

If a state of emergency is declared by the Governor of Florida or Miami-Dade County officials, price gouging regulations come into effect.

Price gouging is considered an "unconscionable price," determined by comparing the price asked during an emergency with what was charged for the same commodity during the preceding 30-day period. To report price gouging, call 311.

Flooding tips

Do not drive or walk through standing water. It may be much deeper than you realize and there may be hidden hazards.

Following a storm, if flooding is affecting the interior of your property, report it by calling 311.

Downed Traffic Signs, Signals and Street Lights

Residents are encouraged to call 311 to report any traffic signs, traffic signals or street lights that have been physically damaged following a hurricane.

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