If an evacuation order is issued to include the City of Miami Beach, the entire city must evacuate for optimum safety. The County determines evacuation zones, for the most part, on flooding and storm surge risks.
For more information about Miami-Dade County storm surge planning zones, click here.
Consider safety not just during a storm, but what could happen afterwards.
Once a storm approaches, emergency services are limited and emergency personnel cannot react if an emergency occurs until recovery after the storm. Even then, it may take time for public safety operations to fully resume. This is why evacuation is considered mandatory.
Once a storm is forecast to land near South Florida, begin to monitor information about the storm and prepare for an evacuation. Fill up your vehicle with gasoline before evacuating and be sure to have extra cash in the event of power outage.
Tip: Your primary plan should be to stay inland at the home of a friend or relative, or other convenient location. Hurricane Evacuation Centers provide only very basic comfort and little to no privacy. Where you will go should an evacuation order be issued is an important part of your plan.
Evacuation Routes include:
Collins Avenue northbound out of the City
Julia Tuttle Causeway/I-195, westbound
MacArthur Causeway/I-395, westbound
Hurricane Evacuation Centers
Because the entire city is expected to evacuate when an order is issued, there are no hurricane shelters in Miami Beach or the nearby coastal communities.
Miami-Dade County operates evacuation centers for evacuees at mainland schools and other facilities as deemed necessary during an evacuation.
- Evacuation centers will not open until an evacuation order is given.
- Only certain centers will open per emergency, and space in the centers is limited.
- The locations that will open are not pre-determined. A list of shelters will be made available through the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center as soon as they become available.
- Families with pets who wish to go to a evacuation center can go to one of Miami-Dade County’s animal-friendly evacuation centers. (Locations announced when they open)
- All evacuation center announcements will be made by local TV media, online at www.miamidade.gov or by calling 3-1-1. Please do not arrive at a location that you think is an evacuation center if it has not been announced through official sources.
Evacuation centers are lifeboats, not ocean liners. These centers are not intended to be temporary housing. After a disaster, assessments will be made with local emergency managers as to continued and other shelter needs.
Do Not Leave Your Pet At Home
Whatever plans you make for yourself, be sure to do the same for your pets. Miami-Dade County offers pet-friendly evacuation centers for families to go along with their furry friends, up to three pets per family.
Evacuation centers, however, are shelters of last resort. They are not the most comfortable environments and if your pet does not get along well with other pets, please remember that you and your pets may be in close quarters.
You must bring proof of updated vaccination and medical history, as well as other information to the pet-friendly centers.
For more information, contact the Miami-Dade County Answer Center at 3-1-1, or log on to Miami-Dade County’s pet preparedness page.
Some inland hotels are pet friendly, especially in times of disaster. For a list of participating hotels, check out Petswelcome.com or GoPetFriendly.com. Contact your veterinarian or the Humane Society for additional assistance. Make sure that your pets stay in a comfortable environment wearing proper identification with access to enough water and food for two weeks. Keep a current photo of your pets with you.