At this time, Miami-Dade County is monitoring Hurricane Matthew.
Please visit our Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.
Before a Hurricane Approaches
Disaster kits and emergency supplies should be ready prior to hurricane season. Once a hurricane warning is declared, preparations should focus on securing your home and property.
- Protect the areas where wind can enter. Secure windows and doors, preferably with permanent, County-approved storm shutters. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” plywood. You’ll need to cut the boards to fit to have it ready for installation. Tape does NOT prevent windows from breaking.
- In the event of a tropical storm warning or hurricane watch, licensed contractors are obligated to secure their construction work sites. Potentially hazardous objects must be fastened down or removed.
- Bring in lawn furniture, garbage and recycling carts and other items that are not tied down and could become airborne.
- If you own a boat, use double lines at a marina or consider dry-dock storage.
- Protect your electronics with surge protectors and waterproof coverings.
- Fill prescriptions of emergency medications (consult pharmacist as needed).
- Monitor the storm’s progress.
- Visit www.miamidade.gov or call 311 for updates on County services. Depending on conditions, bus, rail, garbage collection and recycling service, as well as airport and seaport operations, could be affected.
- Preparedness is not expensive. Many disaster kit items such as flashlights & batteries, garbage bags, etc., may be found around your home. Find out more at the Consumer Survival Kit webpage.
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