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ADVISORY #3 – Safety


MIAMI (September 08, 2017)

(MIAMI, September 8, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.) – Miami-Dade County residents should be in a safe area and ready to ride out Hurricane Irma, a dangerous Category 5 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 Irma are expected to begin impacting south Florida by Saturday, September 9.

  • All of your hurricane preparations should be complete. You should have at least 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 to local news updates for information; 
  • If you live in a surge planning zone that has been ordered to evacuate and have not left, or do not feel safe in your home, you need to leave immediately and get to a safe area or hurricane evacuation center within Miami-Dade County. Once the tropical storm force winds begin affecting the area, it will no longer be safe to travel. Miami-Dade surge planning zone maps are available on the website;
  • County government offices will be closed until further notice except for emergency staff;
  • Private businesses are urged to send employees home immediately;
  • If after the storm, a property does not have water service or has lower pressure (less than 20 psi) than what you are used to, as a precautionary measure, we advise you to proactively boil your water prior to drinking, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes or making ice when service is restored. Water should be brought to a full rolling boil for at least one minute. There is no problem with using the water for bathing and other household needs. 

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 3-1-1 Contact Center hours of operation are 24 hours.  To reach the 3-1-1 Contact 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

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.