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Hurricane Irma

As we continue our recovery and cleanup efforts, please visit the Emergency website for the latest information on openings and closings in Miami-Dade County.

Hurricane Preparedness

When hurricane season approaches, you are reminded to prepare your home and family for the possibility of dangerous storms affecting Miami-Dade County. 

Among the preparations, you should make is to ensure an adequate supply of water for yourself and your family (including pets).

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Storing water before a hurricane

Once a hurricane warning is announced (usually two to three days before the hurricane is expected to make landfall), it is important to start storing Miami-Dade County water. Keeping water stored for too long could attract harmful bacteria and make the water taste stale.

Invest in plastic or aluminum water containers for your family. Plan for at least one gallon per person, per day, for 3 to 7 days. Also, store half a gallon of water per pet, per day. Keep other containers two-thirds full with potable water and place them in your freezer for ice after a storm.

To ensure your container is clean and ready for drinking water, follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Ensuring you have water after the storm

Although the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department has done everything it can to ensure you have safe drinking water before, during and after a hurricane passes, emergency officials recommend your hurricane preparations include provisions for water in the event of cloudy water or a precautionary boil water order is issued.

(Note: If you do not receive your water service from the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department - monitor your utility for water quality updates.)

  • What to do if a precautionary boil water order is issued

    If a precautionary boil water order is issued, all water for drinking, cooking, brushing teeth, making ice, and washing dishes should be boiled until futher notice prior to consumption. Water should be brought to a full rolling boil for at least one minute. As an alternative, bottled water may be used. There would be no problem with using the water for bathing and other household needs.

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department will sample the water and once all results are cleared, a boil water lift notification will be issued.

  • Disinfection of drinking water

    If you choose to use water from the tap while there is a precautionary boil water in effect, you must follow the emergency drinking water disinfection guidelines issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

    Make sure to monitor advisories from the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center and local law enforcement agencies for post-storm updates regarding all utilitie's operation statuses. All key service information updates will be posted on
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Hurricane Guide

For more information on preparing for Hurricane Season -- and to sign up for alerts -- visit the 2018 Official Hurricane Guide website.


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