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Staying safe before, during and after a storm

Staying safe before, during and after a storm


Every year residents of South Florida face hurricane season from June 1 through November 30. Planning and preparing can make a big difference in staying safe in the wake of a hurricane. As the county’s official volunteer and fundraising arm, United Way of Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, and Operation Helping Hands, we are here for our community before, during and after an emergency. The United Way Hurricane Resource Center offers helpful information to create a preparedness plan, as well as what to do during and after a hurricane.

We’re committed to keeping our community safe and healthy. Hurricane season is June 1 – November 30. To help keep you, your family, your home and your pets safe, here are some resources to help you prepare:

FEMA Guidance for Hurricane Preparation
FEMA Guidance for Flood Preparation

Learn From The Experts

American Red Cross – emergency contact card template, tips on creating an evacuation plan for your family, information on shelter-in-place, guidelines for creating a disaster supplies kit

AT&T – tips for preparing your home and ensuring telephone line safety

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – comprehensive storm preparation information

Florida Division of Emergency Management – guides you through creating a family disaster plan

Florida Power & Light Company – tips on what to do in case of a power outage, how to prepare for power being turned back on, electricity-related hurricane tips

Miami-Dade County Hurricane Website – information on gearing up for hurricane season, what to do before a hurricane hits, how to stay safe during a hurricane and keeping your guard up after a hurricane

Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management – evacuation zone maps, special needs evacuation, shutter and generator safety guidelines, as well as tips on bottling water, protecting your home, keeping your pet safe, securing your boat, accessing shelter and register to receive public safety text and email alerts

National Hurricane Center – up-to-date storm tracking and alerts

Get help after a hurricane

The links below help you access important services like information/data recovery for businesses, legal and financial counseling for individuals, help filing for state assistance, and more.


American Red Cross of Greater Miami & The Keys – health, safety and emergency services

The Salvation Army Miami – services for disaster victims

JCS Helpline Services (305.358.HELP) – free 24-hour hotline offering information, referral, counseling in English, Spanish and Creole


Emergency numbers


Florida Division of Consumer Services

Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management – portal to the services provided by the OEM when disaster threatens our area

Poison Control – 800-222-1222

Small business disaster loan application (U.S. Small Business Administration)

Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program (EEAP)

National Hurricane Center

Florida Division of Emergency Management

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