Emergency Information for Visitors
In the event of an impending storm, it may be necessary to evacuate Miami Beach, because we are a barrier island. We take the safety and security of our visitors very seriously. Should an evacuation order be given, it is likely that hotels will be evacuated first so that tourists have a chance to return home or seek shelter at a location that is not in the path of a storm or in an otherwise hazardous area.
Don’t be fooled by great weather. If the very rare decision is made to evacuate tourists, it could be made 72 hours – three days – before the weather begins to deteriorate. But hotel staff and City crews need time to prepare for the storm. We appreciate your visit, and we hope that you return as soon as possible. Let us make the City safe for you, our residents and businesses and join the “Sun and Fun Capitol of the World” when you can optimize your fun in the sun.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Hurricane Season runs from June 1 to November 30 each year.
- The height of season typically occurs from late August to mid-October.
- Miami Beach has not taken a direct hit from a hurricane since 1926.
- Miami Beach was open to visitors just two days after Hurricane Irma.
- If you visit during hurricane season, make sure to stay tuned to local weather to keep informed.
- Miami Beach hotels communicate with guests about weather and other important information.
- It’s easy to pack light for a vacation here, but consider packing some extra items in case you have to relocate. Here [LINK] are some suggestions from a “Go Kit.”
- You can minimize the inconvenience of being separated from your luggage by packing necessities, including toiletries, essentials, snacks and a change of clothes in your carry-on bags.
- Families or groups should have a plan.
- Determine a meeting place should the group be separated (do this for all the places you visit while here)
- Know where you can access food, water, first aid kits and flashlights (check with your hotel if they can supply them for all guests in an emergency)
- Have a contact person “back home” so if your group gets separated everyone can check in with that person.
- Do a little research. Make a list of resources to reach out to for assistance.
- Consider purchasing travel insurance. If a hurricane is forecasted while you are in the area, it is too late to purchase insurance. If you obtain travel insurance, carry a hard copy of your description of coverage page. (Keep it in a plastic zip seal bag).
Remember, the more prepared you are, the more enjoyable an stress-free your stay will be!