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Emergency Evacuations

There are two types of evacuation instructions:

  • Evacuation recommendation: The Mayor may recommend that certain residents take steps to evacuate due to their personal risk. A recommendation might be issued to residents who may need extra time to evacuate due to mobility challenges or people who live in areas prone to flooding that may not be in storm surge inundation areas.
  • Evacuation order: The Mayor may order residents of specific areas of the county deemed to be in danger, based on a hurricane’s track and projected storm surge.

Areas of the County that should evacuate will be announced through and local media.

Residents are encouraged to stay with family members or friends who live inland in a non-evacuation area. Hurricane evacuation centers will open, but should only be considered as a shelter of last resort.

Evacuation orders are issued by zones or partial zones. Find out if you live in an area that may be at risk for storm surge by using the Storm Surge Planning Zone Finder. When an evacuation order is given you can find out if you need to evacuate by viewing the Evacuation Orders map.

Once an emergency evacuation order has been issued, you can use the Storm Aides For Everyone (SAFE) application to find:

  • Evacuation centers
  • Bus pick-up locations
  • Disaster assistance centers
  • Points of distribution (food, water and operational hospitals)
  • Evacuation Centers

    Once an evacuation is announced, the list of open centers will become available on or by calling 311. Emergency bus pick-up sites will be activated to provide transportation to and from the evacuation centers.

    If a designated pick-up site is not located near you, use Miami-Dade Transit to get to a pick-up location. Advise the bus operator of your intention to go to an emergency evacuation pick-up site.

    Pet-friendly evacuation centers are available for residents living in evacuation areas, unsafe structures or mobile homes. Locations will be announced prior to the storm's arrival. Service animals are permitted at all evacuation centers.

    Not every evacuation center location will open for every emergency. Decisions are based on the National Hurricane Center’s forecast in order to determine when and where landfall will occur.

    Each evacuee is allotted 20 square feet of space at the evacuation center, so please bring only essential items. All evacuation centers meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for sheltering. Service animals are permitted.

    If you need to evacuate, it is important to bring:

    • Sleeping bag/mat or folding cot/lawn chair
    • Infant and child care items, such as formula, diapers, toys, etc.
    • Cash
    • Personal hygiene items
    • Comfort materials, such as books, magazines, etc.
    • Medication (refrigeration will be available for prescription or emergency medication)
    • Drinking water
    • Snacks
    • Extra clothing
    • Special items for family members who are elderly or disabled

    While hurricane evacuation centers will provide meals such as sandwiches and soups, it will take time to get the food set up and served, so you should eat before you leave your home.

    If you have a special diet, you should bring those dietary items with you, so as to ensure the highest level of comfort during your evacuation away from home.

    It is strongly recommended to bring portable electronic devices — such as phones, tablets and battery packs - fully charged as there are limited outlets at evacuation centers.

  • Emergency Evacuation Bus Pick-Up Sites

    If you're unable to get to an evacuation center, the County has emergency evacuation bus pick-up sites you can use. Emergency evacuation bus pick-up sites are identified by a sign that reads "EMERGENCY EVACUATION BUS PICK-UP SITE."

    The buses placed into service for the evacuation will have accessible wheelchair lifts and will have displays that read "EMERGENCY EVACUATION." These buses will only travel between emergency evacuation bus pick-up sites and evacuation centers.

    If a designated emergency evacuation bus pick-up site is not located near you, use Miami-Dade Transit to get there. Be sure to tell the bus operator of your intention to go to an emergency evacuation pick-up site. Public transportation may shut down three hours before the storm or when winds exceed 39 mph.

    For more information listen to local media, use our SAFE application or call 311.

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