During a Storm

Determine your best location for high winds and flooding

  • Take shelter in a designated storm shelter or an interior room for high winds
  • Stay away from windows and doors 
  • Move to higher ground before flooding begins.  Never walk, swim or drive through floodwater.  Turn around!  Don't drown!
  • Monitor www.miamidade.gov and your radio or television for weather updates and instructions from public safety officials. 
  • Stay indoors, preferably in a room with no windows. 
  • Take your emergency kit and disaster supplies with you if you move from room to room or if you evacuate to a shelter. 
  • If flooding threatens your home, turn off electricity at the main breaker. 
  • Use flashlights, not candles or kerosene lamps, as your light source. 
  • If you lose power, turn off all major appliances. 
  • Avoid using the phone and do not bathe or shower during the storm. 
  • Do not go outside during the eye of the storm. The calm is brief before hurricane-force winds return. 
  • Keep children informed about what’s happening and watch for signs of stress. 
  • Keep animals in their carriers or crate. 
  • Get in the tub or under your mattress if your home begins to come apart.

Stay Connected Before, During and After a Storm

Miami-Dade County's 311 Contact Center helps you stay connected as a tropical storm or hurricane approaches, and also provides important services information after the storm.

For all emergencies, dial 911.

For non-emergencies, call 305-4-POLICE (476-5423)

Miami-Dade County Contact Center
Call 311 or 305-468-5900
TTY/TDD call Florida Relay, dial 711

Monday to Friday: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sundays and holidays

"Ready Miami Dade" Hurricane App

Download the county app for the latest hurricane information.

Ready Miami Dade App Phone Screen

Download on Apple

Download on Android