Hurricane Season just arrived with heavy rains and winds; therefore, prevention and awareness are two keywords Florida residents should consider from June 1 through November 30, 2021. This year, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects 3 to 5 major hurricanes category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher (https://www.noaa.gov/). Thus, the community has to be prepared, and Miami-Dade County's Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) offers excellent safety tips to consider preventing undesirable consequences.
Transit Operations Before, During, and After Storm Activity
Miami-Dade Transit facilities and services, such as Metrobus, Metrorail, and Special Transportation Services (STS), will cease operations three hours before the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) estimated arrival of sustained tropical storm-force winds (39 MPH).
Pre-registered Residents Priority
Miami-Dade County residents who require evacuation assistance should register for the Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP) before an emergency to ensure help will be given when needed. It may also be utilized post-disaster to provide other assistance. Pre-registered residents will receive priority during an emergency.
Call 3-1-1, or visit the Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Evacuation Assistance to download the application and follow the instructions to apply.
Staying Safe on the Road during Hurricane Season
Under storm activity, the best way to act is to stay off the roads, but those who must drive should:
- Assure functionality of lights and wipers.
- Avoid long lines at a gas station and fill up their tanks ahead of the storm.
- Be aware of flood zones.
- Avoid driving through high water, which may stall the vehicle's engine with unwanted consequences and, parking your car in low-lying areas.
Stay Informed with Rider Alerts
Riders are encouraged to register to receive Rider Alerts to stay informed of the latest transit updates during Hurricane Season. If service needs to be temporarily suspended, DTPW will inform its riders through their FB account @GoMiamiDade as well as the Department's page.