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Erika Benitez

Advisory 9: Residents urged to stay safe during the storm

MIAMI (October 06, 2016)

Miami-Dade County residents should be in a safe area and ready to ride out Hurricane Matthew, a dangerous Category 3 storm.

Residents should continue to monitor the storm and finalize their personal hurricane preparations. Based on its current track, tropical storm force winds (TSFW) from Hurricane Matthew are expected to begin impacting South Florida by midday today.

  • All of your hurricane preparations should be complete. You should have three days worth of supplies for each person in your household.
  • If you have not installed hurricane shutters on your home, do not do so now. Deteriorating conditions outside will make it dangerous to put up shutters at this point.
  • Do not go outside. Stay indoors and tune into local news updates for latest information.
  • A voluntary evacuation order for residents living in mobile homes has been issued. Residents who do not feel safe in their homes, or whose personal evacuation plans include seeking shelter at a Hurricane Evacuation Center can do so.
  • County government offices will be closed until further notice except for essential staff.
  • Private businesses are urged to release employees so they can seek a place of safety.

All residents are urged to stay tuned to radio and television broadcasts and County information outlets such as Miami-Dade Television and for further details on storm movement. Miami-Dade County officials are closely monitoring the situation and will issue further advisories as they become necessary.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is operating at a Level 1, full activation status. While in Level 1 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 311 Contact Center opened at 7 a.m. today. To reach the 311 Contact Center, residents can dial 311 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

The 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

It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The facility is accessible. For sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices or materials in accessible format, please call in advance 305-468-5954.