Village Flood Hazard Warning System
In case of emergencies, the Village of Key Biscayne works in close collaboration with the Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the National Weather Service (NWS).
Warnings for flood events, tropical storms, coastal surge impact, tornadoes, and other hazards are generally initially issued through the OEM or NWS via local television stations and on radio. Residents are asked to stay tuned for broadcasted updates on these stations. In case evacuations are mandated, residents should be familiar with the Village Evacuation Route along Crandon Boulevard/Rickenbacker Causeway, the only road access on and off the island of Key Biscayne. Residents should follow their individual Hurricane Plans.
In addition to the standard television and radio media, the Village has implemented the following methods for disseminating information. The intent of this warning system is to ensure maximum access to the Village population including residents in single-family homes, duplexes and multi-family units, business owners, critical facilities staff, hotel staff and guests and other entities:
- Email Blasts (Subscriber-based): Constant Contact
- Village Text Messaging/Email Emergency Alerts: VINS (Village Information Notification System)
- Miami-Dade County Text Messaging/Email Emergency Alerts
- Telephone Hotline 305-365-NEWS
- Local Government Access Channel 77 and Channel 77 Online: Comcast, ATT Uverse subscribers or online streaming
- Village Radio 1640 AM
- Local Television and Radio Stations
- Press Releases
Details about each information method are given below.
1. Email Blasts (Subscriber-based): Constant Contact
The Village Manager's Office sends out e-notifications to residents and other subscribers via email blasts using Constant Contact, a third-party email marketing company.
E-notifications include severe weather alerts, traffic alerts, special event reminders and other topics deemed important to the community.
To sign up for Constant Contact emails, visit this link.
2. Village Text Messaging/Email Emergency Alerts: VINS
Residents and others are invited to sign up to receive emergency alerts from the Village at VINS (Village Information and Notification System) at http://entry.inspironlogistics.com/key_biscayne/wens.cfm. To receive text (SMS) messages, the primary notification method, your cell phone must have text messaging capability. You also can opt to receive email messages as a secondary form of notification. Both types of information remain confidential.
In the event of an emergency, a text message will be sent to the cell number that you specify and/or your email address. VINS is typically used to transmit the following alerts: severe weather, tropical weather updates, traffic alerts, road closings, utility emergencies.
This is a free service; however, regular text message fees from your cell phone service provider may apply.
3. Miami-Dade County Text Messaging/Email Emergency Alerts
Miami-Dade County Emergency Alert Sign Up (http://miamidade.gov/wps/portal/Main/alerts) is another free service available for notifications about public safety issues like weather advisories.
In the event of an emergency, subscribers will receive a text message or email with details.
To receive text messages, subscribers MUST complete registration by texting the words "Join MDSMS" to number 34292 from the registered mobile phone.
Users can unsubscribe at any time by texting "STOP" to short code 34292. Your phone and e-mail information will remain confidential.
Standard message and data rates may apply to each text message sent or received and other charges may apply as defined in subscribers' wireless service rate plan.
4. Landline Phones/Cellphones: 305-365-NEWS Hotline
In the event of an emergency, the Village will post information, alerts, etc. on the local hotline 305-365-NEWS. 305-365-NEWS (6397) is a recorded voice line that is updated during hurricanes and other locally declared emergencies.
5. Local Government Access Channel 77 and Channel 77 Online
Local Government Access Channel 77 is available to Comcast cable subscribers as a public service of Comcast. ATT UVerse subscribers also can access the broadcast feed (Select 99 (Government Channel) on the menu and select Village of Key Biscayne from the municipality list).
The content also is available online as a Channel 77 live stream at http://keybiscayne.fl.gov/clientuploads/Flash/channel77/Channel77.swf.
In case of an emergency, the Village Manager’s Office and Emergency Management team will broadcast additional information pertinent to the Village, These include (depending on the level of threat) marine craft instructions, evacuation instructions, who can use passes for access onto the island after a storm event, bulk waste disposal, etc.
6. Village Radio 1640 AM
The Village has a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate a low-power, AM radio station that can broadcast within a seven-mile radius from the radio tower installed on the roof of Village Hall.
In the event of a disaster/emergency, citizens will be able to listen to Village Radio 1640 AM for reports, instructions, and specific alerts that would pertain to the Village of Key Biscayne.
7. Local Television and Radio Stations:
In addition to Village Radio 1640 AM and Channel 77 Online (described above), alerts will be broadcast via local television stations and radio stations (WFOR [Channel 4], WTVJ [Channel 6], WSVN [Channel 7] or WPLG [Channel 10]) or WIOD 610 AM.
These stations will transmit live briefings from the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center.
8. Press Releases
The Village’s Emergency Operations Center personnel will issue press releases with the latest information to the media as needed and post the same information on the website http://keybiscayne.fl.gov.
Information includes street closures, waste/sewer system status, flash flood events, tornado warnings, amber alerts, etc.
Additional information is available through the following related links: