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MIAMI (September 06, 2017)

The Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) continues to monitor Hurricane Irma, currently a Category 5 storm. 

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 Irma could begin to impact south Florida by Saturday morning. At this time, residents are urged to:

  • Gather hurricane supplies now if not already done. Make sure three days of supplies (e.g., non-perishable food and water) are on hand for each person in the household;
  • It is safe to drink water from the tap;
  • Put up your hurricane shutters now;
  • If you fill extra gas containers with gasoline, make sure you store in an appropriate container and in a safe area of the home;
  • If you live in an surge planning zone, review the Miami-Dade surge planning zone maps available on the website;
  • Your home, yard and construction debris should already have been properly secured. Any objects that hurricane winds could blow about should have been tied down or brought indoors (garbage cans, patio furniture, garden tools, toys, etc.); 
  • Do not trim trees or shrubs at this time.  Scheduling of bulky waste pick-ups has been suspended;
  • Miami International Airport remains open but many airline carriers have canceled or will cancel flights.  Travelers should contact their airline carrier to confirm flight information;
  • Please be aware that Miami-Dade Transit, including Special Transportation Service, will begin to cease operations and evacuations three hours prior to the estimated arrival of tropical storm force winds (of sustained winds of 39 miles per hour) to Miami-Dade County. County government offices will be closed until further notice except for emergency staff.
  • Private businesses are urged to send employees home immediately;
  • Miami-Dade Parks marina patrons, with the proper marina decal, may check on, secure or remove their vessel. Once winds reach a sustained speed of 35 mph, staff will be not be on site to assist or provide entry into the marina. As a reminder, the marina is not a safe place to stay during the storm, boat owners are not permitted to stay aboard their vessel.
  • 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 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 following four shelters, including one pet friendly shelter will be open effective 5 p.m. today:

Facility Name



Zip Code

North Miami Beach Senior

1247 NW 167 St.

North Miami Beach


South Miami Senior

6856 SW 53 St

South Miami


Felix Varela Senior

15255 SW 96 St

West Kendall


Pet Friendly Shelter

10901 Coral Way



The 3-1-1 Answer Center hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.  To reach the 3-1-1 Answer Center, residents can dial 3-1-1 in Miami-Dade or (305) 468-5900 outside or via Florida Relay 7-1-1.  Specialists are taking calls in English, Spanish, and Creole. Residents can access disaster-related information 24 hours a day on the MDEM website located at

MDEM is committed to working with its partners and the community to lessen the impact of disasters and potential catastrophic incidents. MDEM 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.