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Advisory 1: Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Office of Emergency Management urge residents to closely monitor dangerous Category 4 Hurricane Matthew

MIAMI (October 03, 2016)

Miami-Dade County continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew. Although Miami-Dade County is not in the five day forecast cone, there is still a possibility that South Florida could see tropical cyclone impacts.  Mayor Gimenez and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) would like to remind residents that making a hurricane plan ahead of time, including arrangements for your pets, and stocking up on vital supplies and medications, will go a long way toward helping you and your loved ones stay safe in the event of a storm. Get a kit. Make a plan. Stay informed. Get involved.

Residents that have already prepared should continue to monitor the news for emergency information from public safety officials. To those residents that have not yet prepared, now it is the time to do so. Visit OEM's website for all the important information you will need to know to properly prepare in the event Hurricane Matthew tracks towards Miami-Dade. 

Please remember that disaster kits and emergency supplies should be ready before the threat of a hurricane. Once a tropical storm or hurricane warning is declared, preparations should focus on securing your home and property. Preparedness does not have to break your budget, for a list of disaster kit items, check out our survival kit list.

Receive free emergency alerts via emails and/or texts with details on public safety issues such as: weather warnings like tornado, tropical storm or hurricane warnings; recommended public protective actions; or other emergency information.

Residents requiring evacuation assistance due to their medical conditions or need for specialized transportation, or other evacuation assistance requirement can register for assistance in an event that requires evacuation.

For comprehensive information regarding hurricane readiness check out our Hurricane Guide available in English, Spanish and Creole.

Follow us on Twitter at @MayorGimenez, @MiamiDadeCounty, @MiamiDadeEM. Like us on Facebook at: Mayor Gimenez, Miami-Dade County and Miami-Dade Emergency Management.

The 311 Contact Center hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. 311 is not available on Sunday. To reach the 311 Contact Center, residents can dial 311 in Miami-Dade or 305-468-5900, TDD: 305-468-5402 or via email 311@miamidade.gov. Call specialists are available in English, Spanish and Creole. Residents can access disaster-related information 24 hours a day on the OEM website www.miamidade.gov/oem.

Editor's Note: Soundbite from Curt Sommerhoff, Director of the Office of Emergency Management.