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 for each member of your household). Consider the needs of elderly and infant family members and pets. Make sure you know where to turn for complete information.
PREPAREDNESS UNDER COVID-19
Hurricane season planning this year must take into account new guidelines for social distancing. The way the City of Miami Beach is preparing, however, has not changed much as compared with previous years. The City remains focused on taking care of the most vulnerable, making sure our infrastructure is protected and able to reopen as quickly as possible after a storm, and to provide the proper messaging so that the public can make informed decisions to stay safe and resilient.
PREPARE YOURSELF AND YOUR HOUSEHOLD
- Make prior arrangements to shelter with friends or relatives living in a non-evacuation area. Remember, it is advisable to avoid groups of greater than ten people. Make sure each person staying under the same roof wears a mask if social distancing cannot be achieved. Be aware of high-touch areas (doorknobs, counter tops, light switches) and clean them often.
- Consider checking into a hotel located inland, but call ahead and reserve and ask about the rules on the property at the time of your stay. Check in advance if pets are allowed on the property.
- Public evacuation centers will be made available, but will accept fewer people at each location. Social distancing and other restrictions will likely still be in place. 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.
- Click here for a map of evacuation routes and a list of evacuation pick-up points. Evacuation route buses will take evacuees to the nearest available evacuation center. Riders cannot choose their destination.
- Communication is important. Send a list of friends’ and neighbors’ telephone numbers and copies of important papers to family members who are in areas outside of the storm’s path.
- 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.