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EVACUATIONMiami Beach is located in an evacuation zone in the event of a hurricane. Prepare for a hurricane as early as possible. Once a storm’s path is forecasted to near South Florida, begin to monitor the storm and prepare for an evacuation. All of Miami Beach is an evacuation zone. It is advised that you begin evacuation procedures before an evacuation order is given. This will allow you more time to calmly get off of the island to a home of a friend or relative that is not in an evacuation zone.Please remember to take your emergency suitcase of essential supplies. Red Cross shelters will not open until an evacuation order is given and spaces are limited. Families with pets must register prior to an evacuation warning at one of Miami-Dade County’s animal-friendly shelters. Once a storm approaches, emergency services are limited and emergency personnel cannot react if an emergency occurs until after the storm.Hurricane Evacuation CentersBus Pick-up PointsHurricane Evacuation Zone MapCheck List Before EvacuatingEmergency SuitcaseMiami Beach ParkingSheltersDuring a HurricaneHurricane Preparation GuideCheck List Before EvacuatingSecure Your Home, Condo, Apartment or Businesso Take down and bring in any signs, tables, garbage cans, plants, furniture, umbrellas, and other loose and/or unsecured structures from outdoors, including all balconies.o Board up windows and glass doors. (Do NOT tape windows and do not leave any windows or doors ajar).o If you live in an apartment or condo, securing your windows and doors will minimize damage to your unit; however, unsecured windows and doors of neighboring units can cause damage to your unit too. Please keep this in mind when preparing your home before evacuating.o Fill prescriptions.o Fill propane gas and car gas tank.o Secure boats and relocate according to predetermined boat plan.o Unplug TV/computer and bring antenna and satellite dish inside.o Add extra chlorine to your pool.o Turn off electricity to pool equipment and cover pump.o Move furniture and electronics away from windows and cover with plastic.o Pull curtains, blinds and shutters.o Turn off gas appliances at shut-off valve inside the house as well as water and electricity.o Secure pets in temporary shelter.o Turn your refrigerator to its coldest setting.o Place valuables in waterproof containers and store in high place.Emergency SuitcaseKeep an emergency suitcase ready at all times in the event of an evacuation or for any natural disaster that you can take with you to a shelter. Keep important documents sealed in an airtight bag. Shelters do not provide food. Be sure to take your own supply of non-perishable food. Remember to also keep emergency food/water and other supplies at your home; you will need them when you return.
o Waterproof bag or box for all important documentso Proof of residency/businesso Drivers licenseo Insurance policyo Utility billo Birth/marriage certificateso Bank accountso Mortgageso Copies of prescriptionso Phone numbers of family, ifriends, physician, pharmacy, iiicaregiver and business contactso Property photoso Blankets and pillowso Essential personal items such as prescription drugs, toiletries, dentures, hearing aids, eye glasseso Change of clothingo Battery-powered radio/TVo Extra batterieso Cooler with ice/water supplieso Non-perishable foodo Toys/books/activities for kidsMiami Beach Parking GaragesThe City of Miami Beach may open its municipal garage(s) at no cost for automobile storage upon issuance of a Hurricane Warning by the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and/or the issuance of a Mandatory Evacuation Order for the City of Miami Beach by the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management. Availability is on a first-come basis with City vehicles taking a priority. The elevators may not be operational. Parking will resume normal operations once the city has been declared safe; a reoccupation has been granted; and/or at a pre-determined time. Make sure to remove your vehicle from the garage to avoid charges. For more information, call the Parking Department at 305.673.7505.
SheltersThere are no hurricane shelters in Miami Beach or the coastal communities. The American Red Cross, in coordination with other agencies, operate shelters for evacuees at mainland schools and other facilities as deemed necessary during an evacuation. The locations are not pre-determined. A list of shelters will be made available through the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center as soon as they become available. The shelters are not intended to be temporary housing. After a disaster, assessments will be made with local emergency managers as to continued and other shelter needs. Call 3-1-1 for a list once an evacuation is ordered.Hurricane Evacuation Bus StopsThe City of Miami Beach will begin evacuation procedures as soon as there is an evacuation order from the state and county. If you have not made prior arrangements to stay somewhere off of the island, the City urges residents to go to a Red Cross hurricane shelter. Miami-Dade Transit buses will provide free transportation to the mainland shelters from 21 locations in Miami Beach. Buses that will transport people for hurricane evacuations will have a special notice on the front of the bus where the route information is displayed. Remember that pets are not allowed to go to general population shelters and therefore will not be allowed on the bus. Buses run continuous routes until Tropical Storm force winds arrive. These are NOT HURRICANE SHELTERS, only Miami-Dade Transit bus pick-up locations to shelters: Bus Pick-up PointsDuring a HurricaneIf you find yourself out of time to evacuate, please follow the shelter in place precautions.Back to Hurricane Information Center.