Advisory 6: Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez declares local State of Emergency, urges residents to prepare for Hurricane Matthew
MIAMI (October 5, 2016) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez has placed Miami-Dade County under a Local State of Emergency in response to Hurricane Matthew. The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to monitor Hurricane Matthew, currently a Category 3 storm. The EOC continues to operate at a Level 2, partial activation status. While in Level 2 status the EOC is staffed 24 hours a day and all emergency support personnel and municipal branch representatives are required to report to the EOC.
Residents are urged to continue monitoring the storm and complete their personal hurricane preparations. Based on its current track, tropical storm force winds (TSFW) from Hurricane Matthew could begin to impact South Florida by this evening. At this time, residents are urged to:
- Gather hurricane supplies. Make sure three days of supplies (e.g., non-perishable food and water) are on hand for each person in the household;
- Immediately put up your hurricane shutters now;
- Fill your vehicle’s gas tank with gasoline. If you fill extra gas containers with gasoline, make sure you store in an appropriate container and in a safe area of the home;
- Clear construction debris from your home and yard. Any objects that hurricane winds could blow about should be tied down or brought indoors (garbage cans, patio furniture, garden tools, toys, etc.);
- Previously scheduled bulky waste pickups will be picked up Wednesday, Oct. 5 and Thursday, Oct 6, weather-permitting. All other bulky waste should be taken to the Trash and Recycling Centers before 7 p.m.
- Garbage and recycling pickup is cancelled for Thursday, Oct. 6.
- Miami International Airport remains open. Travelers should contact their airline carrier to confirm flight information;
- Metrorail, Metrobus and Metromover will operate until further notice.
- County government offices will close at 2 p.m. Oct. 5-7, except for essential emergency staff;
- Non-emergency or non-essential Miami-Dade County employees are not to report to work Thursday or Friday.
- Private businesses are urged to send employees home immediately;
- Public marinas will close Thursday, Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. Boat owners who plan to move their vessel should do so 48-72 hours before the hurricane is expected to strike. If evacuations are ordered, Intercoastal Waterway bridges will open less frequently. Boat owners who plan to haul their boats to a “safer” area using a trailer should make sure the tow vehicle is capable of properly and adequately moving the boat. Once at a “safe” place, lash boat to trailer and secure with heavy lines to fixed objects or screw anchors secured in the ground. For non-trailerable boats in dry storage, lash the boat to its cradle with heavy lines. Consider adding water to bilge to help hold it down.
- There is no boil water alert in place. Residents are reminded that if a boil water order is issued, water should be boiled for one full minute before drinking it.
All residents are urged to stay tuned to radio and television broadcasts for further details of the storm movement. Miami-Dade County officials are closely monitoring the situation and will issue further advisories as they become necessary.
The EOC continues to operate at a Level 2, partial activation status. While in Level 2 status the EOC is staffed 24 hours a day and all emergency support personnel and municipal branch representatives are required to report to the EOC.
The 3-1-1 Contact Center hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to midnight for Oct. 5. To reach the 3-1-1 Contact Center, residents can dial 3-1-1 in Miami-Dade or 305-468-5900 outside of Miami-Dade County, TDD: 305-468-5402. Specialists are taking calls in English, Spanish, and Creole. Residents can access disaster-related information 24 hours a day on the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) website located at www.miamidade.gov/emergency.
OEM is committed to working with its partners and the community to lessen the impact of disasters and potential catastrophic incidents. OEM accomplishes its mission through planning, response and coordination of information and resources. Residents may access emergency information at www.miamidade.gov/oem.