After A Storm

Recovery After A Storm / Hurricane

Re-entering the City

Please be patient. Public safety is the number one priority. Listen to the local news media for possible road closures and curfews. Do not attempt to return to Miami Beach until a reoccupation order is issued. A reoccupation order can take hours, days or weeks depending on the severity of damage to roads, bridges and buildings. After the order for reoccupation to the city is issued, you will have to provide proof of residency (driver’s license and/or utility bill with current Miami Beach address) to roadblock officials for re-entry into Miami Beach. This is done to protect your home and/or business during recovery.
Condominium Hurricane Re-Entry & Parking Authorization Hang Tag Program


  • Find out if the authorities have declared the area safe.
  • Watch for debris on the road while driving. Drive much slower than you usually would.
  • Return to your pre-determined assembly point and/or contact your pre-established out-of- area contact person (This should be part of your preparedness plan). Make sure all family members have been accounted for and let others know of your status.
  • Make sure the main electrical switch to your home is off before entering the structure.
  • Be careful when entering a structure that has been damaged.
  • If you suspect a gas leak, leave immediately and notify the gas company.
  • If possible, listen to the radio or contact authorities to find out if sewage lines are intact before turning on the water or using the toilet.
  • Report utility damage to the proper authorities.
  • Continue to monitor your local news for up-to-date emergency information such as boil water advisories.
  • Check the Miami Beach web site ( for accurate and up-to-date information.

How to

The City’s priority is to clear major roadways of storm debris immediately following a hurricane, as soon as it is safe. Other roads are cleared thereafter. A courtesy single-family home residential storm debris collection may be deemed necessary. If a special collection is issued, please separate vegetation debris from other storm-related trash and place neatly on your curb. This will facilitate and expedite the collection service.
If you have excess storm debris, please take vegetation to the Green Waste Facility at 29 Street and Meridian Avenue from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or call 305.471.4444 to make a regular bulk waste pick-up appointment (single-family homes only).

If your home is deemed uninhabitable by the Building Official, you must leave your home until proper repairs are completed. If necessary, the Miami Beach Building Department will issue emergency building permits due to storm-related damages to expedite repairs.
Once City Hall is reopened, the department is located on the second floor.