Living in sunny South Florida has several weather-related advantages. Like any region in the country with these advantages, residents of South Florida specifically, must remain vigilant about the one major weather-related disadvantage that threatens our area: hurricanes.
For six months out of the year, South Floridians experience a fifth season known as "hurricane season" which runs from June 1st through November 30th. The South Florida community, including our beautiful Town of Cutler Bay, is highly experienced in hurricane preparedness and response.
It is strongly recommended that all residents of the Town establish a plan of action and access the resources available to them in order to stay informed throughout the hurricane season. Whether you are a long-time resident of the Town or have just settled in to the area, you must take the necessary actions to properly prepare for a storm event, and keep your homes and families safe.
Should a storm threaten South Florida, the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management will activate its County-wide emergency operations procedure. During activation, the County will give regular, up to the minute advisories to the media and all local municipalities, including our Town.
The Town will work diligently to keep the website as up-to-date as possible and keep all our residents informed with the latest advisories. The Town will also provide up-to-date information on our Town services during that time.
Below you will find several resources to assist you with hurricane preparedness. Should you have additional questions or concerns regarding the Town's services during a storm event, please contact (305) 234-4262.
Before the Storm
After the Storm
If you have not done so already, it is important to ensure you:
- Check your Family’s Emergency Supply Kit – Make certain you have food, water, medications, and other necessities to sustain you, your family and family pets for at least 72 hours.
- Follow the Direction of Local Officials – Adhere to any evacuation orders that come from local officials, and follow their guidance. When it comes to swimming, please follow local warnings as well. Even the best swimmers can fall victim to the strong waves and rip currents caused by storms.
- Keep Up-to-date with Local Conditions – Follow TV and radio reports from your area, or visit www.weather.gov (http://mobile.weather.gov on your phone) for the latest forecast.
- Remember Food Safety – Power outages and flooding may happen as a result of a tropical storm or hurricane, so have a plan for keeping food safe. Have a cooler on hand to keep food cold, and group food together in the freezer so it stays cold longer.
- Have an Adequate Communication Plan - Be sure friends and family know how to contact you. Teach family members how to use text messaging, as text messages can often get around network disruptions when a phone call might not able to get through.
Keep in mind, hurricanes bring heavy rains, storm surges, and possible flooding events. Avoid walking or driving through any flooded areas – it takes only six inches of fast-moving flood water to knock over an adult and two feet to move a vehicle. Remember: Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Get hurricane safety tips right on your phone by downloading these useful apps:
- FEMA app – Android, Apple, Blackberry
- American Red Cross “Hurricane” app – Android, Apple
Prepare for hazards in Your Area:
Although you may not be in any given storm's path, now is a good time to review the potential hazards where you live. Knowing likely risks for your area, like wildfires, earthquakes, or tornadoes, knowing what to do when a disaster strikes is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when only seconds matter.
Local Emergency management offices can help you identify hazards in your community and can outline the local plans and recommendations for each. And be sure to share this information with family, neighbors, colleagues and friends – talking about preparedness helps everyone be ready “just in case.” Use the links below to make your family, business and community safer, more resilient and better prepared for any disaster event.
What to do before, during, and after a hurricane or tropical storm
Latest storm forecast from the National Hurricane Center:
- On your computer: www.hurricanes.gov
- On your phone: http://hurricanes.gov/mobile
- On Twitter: www.twitter.com/NHC_Atlantic
- On Facebook: www.facebook.com/US.NOAA.NationalHurricaneCenter.gov
Community preparedness tools and resources
- Community Preparedness Toolkit: http://www.citizencorps.gov/getstarted/toolkit/kitindex.shtm
- Citizen Corps Program: http://www.citizencorps.gov/index.shtm
- Youth Preparedness: http://www.citizencorps.gov/getstarted/youth/youthindex.shtm
- Business Preparedness: http://www.citizencorps.gov/getstarted/business.shtm
- Neighbors Helping Neighbors: http://www.nhnpreparedness.com/