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Miami-Dade County gears up for potentially active 2024 hurricane season

Don't wait for the storm! Miami-Dade County's hurricane season prep guide has you covered.

With the Atlantic hurricane season officially beginning on June 1st, Miami-Dade County has urged residents to take proactive measures to ensure their safety and well-being throughout the next six months. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above-normal season, with forecasts calling for 17 to 25 named storms, 8 to 13 potential hurricanes, and 4 to 7 major hurricanes.

While it's impossible to pinpoint exactly where these storms will fall, taking steps now can significantly reduce stress and confusion in the face of a potential threat. The Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management (DEM) emphasizes the importance of comprehensive preparation.

Here's a breakdown of key actions residents can take:

  1. Food and Water: Stock up on non-perishable food items with a long shelf life (canned goods, dried fruit, granola bars) and at least three gallons of water per person per day for at least three days. Don't forget a manual can opener!
  2. Sanitation and Hygiene: Pack essential hygiene products (soap, toothpaste, toilet paper), sanitation wipes, and feminine hygiene products.
  3. Medical Supplies: Ensure you have a well-stocked first-aid kit, any necessary prescription medications, and over-the-counter medications for common ailments.
  4. Shelter: Include blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows for each household member.
  5. Communications: Pack a battery-powered or crank radio for weather updates, a flashlight with extra batteries, and a portable phone charger. Cash is also crucial in case of power outages disrupting electronic payment systems.
  6. Important Documents: Keep copies of vital documents like passports, insurance policies, and proof of residence in a waterproof container. Consider scanning these documents and storing them digitally for easy access.
Sign on beach: "Hurricane season prepare now"

Develop a family emergency plan

  1. Evacuation Plan: Identify potential evacuation routes and designate a meeting place outside the evacuation zone in case family members get separated. Familiarize yourself with Miami-Dade County's evacuation zones.
  2. Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan for contacting each other during and after a storm. Designate an out-of-state contact person everyone can reach if local phone lines are down.
  3. Special Needs: If you have family members with disabilities or someone who requires specialized medical attention, register them with the Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP) offered by Miami-Dade County. EEAP provides transportation and shelter assistance to individuals with specific needs during evacuations.

Stay informed and take preventative measures

  1. Monitor Local Media: Regularly check weather forecasts from trusted sources like the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and stay updated on local news and emergency alerts.
  2. Prepare Your Home: Secure loose outdoor furniture, trim trees and branches that could become projectiles in high winds, and bring in potted plants. Board up windows if necessary.
  3. Homeowners Insurance: Review your homeowner's insurance policy to ensure it covers hurricane damage.

Miami-Dade County also provides a wealth of resources for residents to prepare for hurricane season. The Hurricane Readiness Guide, available online and mailed to residents, offers detailed information on evacuation zones, shelters, preparedness tips, and community resources.

Don't wait until the last minute to prepare for a hurricane

By taking these steps now, as Miami-Dade County residents, you can face the 2024 hurricane season confidently. Remember, preparedness is key to staying safe and minimizing disruptions during a storm.

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