Evacuation Centers

Hurricane Evacuation Centers

 

Each year, Miami-Dade County publishes the list of Hurricane Evacuation Centers throughout the county, including Special Needs Shelters in EnglishSpanish, and Creole.  SEE CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS.

Who should evacuate:

  •     Residents who live in mobile homes
  •     Residents on life-dependent medical or electric equipment
  •     Residents who live in an evacuation zone mandated to be evacuated

Those residents who live in mobile homes as well as those who depend on life-dependent and/or electric medical equipment should evacuate for any category storm.  Evacuation orders will be transmitted by direct warnings or through the media.

Special Needs Shelters:


Residents requiring special assistance or medical monitoring must pre-register  for the county's Emergency and Evacuation Assistance Program by downloading the online application or by calling 3-1-1.

Pet-Friendly Shelters:  


Residents living in an ordered evacuation zone, a mobile home or an unsafe structure may qualify to report to a pet-friendly shelter.  More information available here or by calling 3-1-1.

General pet safety tips

  • Place ID tags on appropriate collars and ensure your pets are micro-chipped.
  • It’s best to account for 1 1/2 gallons of water, as well as sufficient food and medicine for each animal for at least 3 days. Don’t forget serving bowls.
  • Prepare to care and maintain control over your pets at all times.
  • Get an animal supplies checklist and more here or call 3-1-1.

Public Transportation Services:  


Residents living in a mandated evacuation area and are unable to drive to a shelter are eligible to be transported by public bus.  See the pick-up locations or call 3-1-1 for more information about bus pick-up service.

What you should bring to an evacuation center:

  • Bedding 
  • Infant and child care items such as formula, diapers, toys, etc.
  • Cash 
  • Personal hygiene items 
  • Comfort materials such as books, magazines, etc. 
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medications 
  • Drinking water 
  • Snacks 
  • Extra clothing 
  • Special items for elderly or disabled family members 

It’s strongly recommended to bring portable electronic devices— such as phones and tablets—fully charged as there are limited outlets at shelters. See lists of evacuation centers and emergency bus pickup sites here or call 3-1-1.


Sheltering at Home

Follow these important guidelines if you are home during a major storm:

  • Seek shelter in an interior space, preferably in the center of your home, in a room without windows (safe room)
  • Identify an accessible exit in case of fire
  • Keep a mattress or padding nearby and bring your hurricane supplies into the safe room with you
  • Stay in the safe room throughout the storm to decrease the potential for a serious injury
  • Opt for battery operated flashlights and lanterns to provide lighting. Refrain from using open candles or gas lanterns
  • Set the refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings and store some of the bottled water in the freezer to keep your perishables cold for a day or two in the event of a power outage
  • Store additional water in your bathtub and other containers for bathing and other sanitary purposes. Make sure to scrub the tub with bleach and rinse it thoroughly before filling it up.


Securing Your Home


Preparation is the key to safety.  If you're planning to use a generator, please see these tips on generator safety and gasoline storage guidelines.

Make sure to follow these important steps to properly secure your home in case of a hurricane.  Also see this brochure produced by the Village's Public Services Department for more applicable information:

  • Move all objects and debris from your property that could potentially become airborne projectiles in a storm, and ask your neighbors to do the same.
  • Anchor any free standing fixtures in the yard
  • Removing and storing removable child safety fences
  • Replace all gravel or rock landscaping material with fire treated, shredded bark to reduce damage
  • Trim down foliage
  • Cover all large windows and doors, including patio doors, that are not impact-resistant with impact-resistant shutters, making sure the shutters are safely secured. If plywood is used, make sure the wood is 5/8” or greater exterior grade. Add 8” to the width and height measurements so that the plywood sheet overlaps the wall framing around doors and windows.
  • Prepare your pool by:
    Turning off all electric power to the pool.
    Clearing the pool and pool area.
    Adding extra chlorine to prevent contamination

Please note that plywood shutters do not meet the requirements of the new Florida Building Code for the High Velocity Wind Zone. Log onto www.floridabuilding.org for additional information or contact the Building and Permitting Division at 305-259-1250.

Lastly, check out our Flood Protection Page for information on what you can do to protect your home from a possible flood event.


 Evacuation Zones Within Palmetto Bay


In the event an evacuation order is mandated, Red Cross Evacuation Centers will open throughout the county. To the extent possible, residents should first arrange to evacuate to the home of friends or relatives who live outside the evacuation zones. Because not all designated Red Cross Evacuation Centers will open, residents reporting to evacuation centers are asked to first contact the Miami-Dade Answer Center at 305-468-5900 TDD 305-468-5402 to check which shelters they should report to. Please be aware that only service animals are permitted in public evacuation centers and therefore pets will not be allowed. For information on pet safety and pet accommodations during a storm, please contact Miami-Dade County Animal Services at 305-884-1101 or 305-232-1771.

Zone B (Yellow)


All areas of mainland Miami-Dade County lying (north to south) east of Biscayne Boulevard, Brickell Avenue, S Miami Avenue, South Bayshore Drive, Main Highway, Ingraham Highway, Old Cutler Road, the Florida Turnpike south to U.S. 1 to State Road 9336 [SW 344 Street (Palm Drive), SW 192 Avenue (Tower Road) and Ingram Highway] south to Everglades National Park. The only exception to this pattern is a small area east of Old Cutler Road, west of SW 67 Avenue and north of SW 152 Street that is not in the evacuation zone.

Zone C (Green)


The area of Miami-Dade County west of Zone B and a line defined by SW 152 Street (Coral Reef Drive) at Old Cutler Road going west to U.S. 1, then south to SW 184 Street (Eureka Drive), then west to SW 127 Avenue (Burr Road), then south to U.S. 1 to SW 312 Street (Campbell Drive or Homestead's NW 8 Street), then west to Everglades National Park.

Each year, Miami-Dade County publishes the list of Hurricane Evacuation Centers throughout the county, including Special Needs Shelters in EnglishSpanish, and Creole.  SEE CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS.

Who should evacuate:

  •     Residents who live in mobile homes
  •     Residents on life-dependent medical or electric equipment
  •     Residents who live in an evacuation zone mandated to be evacuated

Those residents who live in mobile homes as well as those who depend on life-dependent and/or electric medical equipment should evacuate for any category storm.  Evacuation orders will be transmitted by direct warnings or through the media.

Each year, Miami-Dade County publishes the list of Hurricane Evacuation Centers throughout the county, including Special Needs Shelters in EnglishSpanish, and Creole.  SEE CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS.

Who should evacuate:

  •     Residents who live in mobile homes
  •     Residents on life-dependent medical or electric equipment
  •     Residents who live in an evacuation zone mandated to be evacuated

Those residents who live in mobile homes as well as those who depend on life-dependent and/or electric medical equipment should evacuate for any category storm.  Evacuation orders will be transmitted by direct warnings or through the media.

Each year, Miami-Dade County publishes the list of Hurricane Evacuation Centers throughout the county, including Special Needs Shelters in EnglishSpanish, and Creole.  SEE CURRENT EVACUATION ORDERS.

Who should evacuate:

  •     Residents who live in mobile homes
  •     Residents on life-dependent medical or electric equipment
  •     Residents who live in an evacuation zone mandated to be evacuated

Those residents who live in mobile homes as well as those who depend on life-dependent and/or electric medical equipment should evacuate for any category storm.  Evacuation orders will be transmitted by direct warnings or through the media.