Miami Beach residents and businesses are urged to develop a disaster preparedness plan before an emergency strikes. Know where you will stay when you evacuate, how you will get there, and what supplies you will take. Prepare an emergency supply kit for evacuation and for your return (a minimum of three days of food and water). Consider the needs of elderly and infant family members and pets. Make sure you know where to turn for complete information.
- Make prior arrangements to shelter with friends or relatives living in a non-evacuation area or check into a hotel located inland; or, as a last resort only, use a public evacuation center click here for evacuation bus pick-up sites. Make sure that you take proper Miami Beach identification with you; you may need it to re-enter the city after damage and safety assessments are made.
- Send a list of friends’ and neighbors’ telephone numbers and copies of important papers to family members in another city.
- Tell family, neighbors, and service agencies where you will stay in an emergency.
- If necessary, register with Miami-Dade County’s Special Needs Evacuation Assistance Registry
- Review your insurance policies to ensure that you are fully covered. Insurers cease issuing policies when tropical systems are within a certain distance.
- Have a plan to secure your boat (click here for more information) or to take it elsewhere.
- If you cannot take your pets with you, make care arrangements with a kennel or friend. There are County-run evacuation centers that will accept pets (to be announced when necessary) but you should make other arrangements.
- Inventory and take photos of your property and valuables, and store these photos and other important documents in a waterproof container and take with you when evacuating.
- Practice your Disaster Plan.