(May 1, 2013) – As a result of the State of Florida Legislature’s House Bill 7121, which required the Florida Division of Emergency Management to update all Regional Evacuation Studies in the state, Miami-Dade County has updated its planning and evacuation zones and maps from three to five. Miami-Dade County emergency personnel will be available to update media on Friday, May 3, between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center, 9300 NW 41st Street, in Doral.
“With hurricane season right around the corner, and with new planning and evacuation zones, we are educating and preparing our residents,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “We all know the devastating impact that storm surge can have on our homes and our safety, so riding out a storm in an evacuation zone is definitely not a good idea.”
Thousands of hypothetical hurricanes were simulated with various Saffir-Simpson Wind categories, forward speeds, landfall directions and landfall locations. This information was combined with envelopes of high water and evaluated by the National Hurricane Center to determine storm surge to create the Maximum Envelopes of Water (MEOWs). The MEOWs have provided information to emergency management in evacuation decision making.
For more information, call the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management at (305) 305-468-5403 or visit http://www.miamidade.gov/fire/emergency-management.asp.