Safety Tips

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.

Many injuries occur after the storm. To avoid injury, use common sense and wear proper clothing, including long sleeves and long pants, safety shoes or boots, and eye protection.


Stay away and do not touch downed power lines. Stay away from standing water that may have active electrical currents. Although you may be without power in your home/business, it does not mean the lines are not active.


Driving is strongly discouraged in the aftermath of a storm. Crews will be out to make damage assessments and City officials will determine if the streets are safe for travel. If you must travel before it is deemed safe, drive slowly, be aware of your surroundings, and treat all intersections as four-way stops. Some roads may be restricted. Curfews may be imposed.


DO NOT operate a generator indoors, on balconies or near open windows. Make sure that the generator is running in a well-ventilated area. Many people die from carbon monoxide poisoning every year due to improper generator use. Read instructions and use with caution.


Use caution with operating power equipment (i.e., chain saws):
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and wear safety gear (i.e., goggles and gloves). Stay clear of those using manual or other tools to cut trees. Avoid back injuries by using mechanical assistance to move debris too large to move manually.


If you are concerned that your food may have spoiled, when in doubt, throw it out. For additional food safety information, call the toll-free USDA/FSIS Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1.888.674.6854.


Uprooted insects and mosquitoes thrive in post-storm conditions. If you are without power, it is likely you have windows and doors open for periods of time. Use mosquito repellant and nets and spray entrance areas with insect killers.
Prevent the sting and spread of mosquitoes — Drain and Cover
Drain any standing water. Check for standing water in the following locations:

  • Gutters
  • Garbage Cans
  • Saucers and lids
  • Pool and spa covers
  • Open containers such as flower pots and empty drums or cans
  • Old tires
  • Birdbaths
  • Pet bowls (even indoors)
  • Pools (maintain optimum chemistry; don’t let your pool go green)
  • Bromeliads

Cover your skin with socks, shoes, long pants and long sleeves when mosquitoes are active.

  • Use mosquito repellant
  • Check the active ingredients
  • Effective ingredients include
  • DEET / Lemon eucalyptus oil / IR3535
  • Use smallest concentration of DEET as possible
  • Cover doors and windows with screen


You will be exposed to more heat and sun, especially if you are without power. Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and try to keep cool by staying under shelter. It is important that you wear protective clothing. A portable, battery-powered fan will make you feel more comfortable.