During A Storm
If You Don’t Evacuate
If an evacuation order was issued, everyone should have evacuated. Sheltering at home in Miami Beach during a significant storm can be extremely dangerous and residents should think twice about making this decision. However, if you were not able to leave before the onset of storm conditions — notify family and friends of your situation.
There may be events, other than storms, that may require that you shelter in place. Your plan for these situations (such as a hazardous materials spill, a health alert, or other occurance where Public Safety officials declare the need for people to stay sheltered in their homes for safety.
If you have not evacuated prior to the arrival of tropical storm conditions, although this is strongly ill-advised, you must shelter in place. In a high-rise building, take shelter in the lower levels, above the third floor, because hurricane winds increase at higher elevations. Stay in an interior room or hallway where there are no windows. If there are no rooms without windows, stay as far away from windows and doors as possible, and consider sheltering in a closet.
Keep your immediate emergency supplies with you to include — at minimum — a battery- powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, important papers in a zipped-up plastic bag, and a fully-charged cellphone. It is also advisable to have extra batteries or non-ac-powered battery charger.
The most important thing you can do during a storm is to monitor sources with information related to the emergency. If you have enough battery power on your phone, you can stay connected with the Miami Beach Twitter account or on Facebook.With a battery-powered radio you can tune in to local media, including MB Radio 1670AM, for updates on the situation and listen for important notifications that can keep you safe.
The City of Miami Beach’s Fire, Rescue and Police teams stop all emergency operations at the arrival of Tropical Storm force (39 mph+) winds. Following a hurricane, emergency calls may be very limited due to flooding, downed power lines, and limited street access. There will likely be fewer personnel available as well. 9-1-1 will be operational for emergency calls, as it always is, but response will be affected. This is why it is important to heed an evacuation order.