Get Ready for Hurricane Season


The Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season begins June 1st and ends November 30th. As residents of a barrier island, we are vulnerable to storm surges as well as the high winds and rain characteristic of tropical cyclones and hurricanes. Educating yourself on what to do before, during and after a storm event is possible with the resources given below and should give you some peace of mind. Your personal safety is our primary concern.

 

  • Tropical weather systems are classified as depressions, storms and hurricanes based on circulation characteristics and sustained wind speeds. Hurricane are classified as Category 1-5 depending on wind speed as shown in the table below. Note that predicted storm surge heights increase with increasing wind speeds.

    Hurricane Category

    Wind Speed

    (mph)

    Storm Surge

    (Ft)

    1

    74 - 95

    1 - 3

    2

    96 - 110

    3  - 5

    3

    111 - 130

    5 - 7

    4

    131 - 156

    7 - 10

    5

    >156

    > 10

  • The names selected by NOAA'S National Hurricane Center for Atlantic tropical cyclones in 2017 are Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney.

    Tropical Storm Arlene formed on April 19, 2017, becoming the second named storm in history to form in April (almost six weeks before the official start of the Atlantic Basin hurricance season). This is the third consecutive that activity began early

  • Key Biscayne, Virginia Key, Miami Beach and all islands lying within Biscayne Bay are in Miami-Dade County Evacuation Zone A with the highest risk of flooding from storm surges. Miami-Dade County storm surge planning zones were redrawn in 2013 with updated data models. More than 1.75 million people are within one of Miami-Dade County's five Storm Surge Planning Zones. You can see if your location is within a storm surge planning zone by entering your address in the interactive GIS map at the webpage

NOTE: These planning zones deal with storm surge only. According to the County, "You still need to determine whether your home is safe to stay in during a hurricane. Therefore, proper advance planning to protect you, your family and your property is in your best interest."

   Visit the Village Flood Information page to learn about local hazards, insurance and how to lessen flooding risks.

 

 

What to Do Before Hurricane Season

 

The County's PDF document titled "Are You Ready? Your 2017 Guide to Hurricane Readiness" includes the below information.


The Gearing Up On A Budget section of the online Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide provides information on

 

  • Building supply kits including water, non-perishable food, medicine, personal products and bedding
  • Finding an Evacuation Shelter or pre-registering for Emergency Evacuation Assistance for someone with disabilities or special needs
  • Pet safety and shelters that also accept family pets (pre-registration required)
  • Drinking water including bottling your own water

DO NOT wait until a hurricane warning is issued to make a hurricane plan, as detailed in these hurricane plan instructions and checklists (PDF).  Your plan should be ready well in advance of hurricane season. Each family member should know what role s/he will play and where to meet should you be separated.

Miami-Dade County has transportation and shelter options for people with special needs. Registration is required to use these services.

Pre-Storm Preparations

The Before a Hurricane section of the online Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide provides information on

 

  • Proper tree and shrub pruning for hurricane season (do not begin this during a Hurricane Watch or Warning)
  • Cleanup activities and curb placement for trash pickup (do not begin this during a Hurricane Watch or Warning)
  • Hurricane Watches and Warnings and other terms you need to know
  • Transportation, including when County services shut down prior to a storm arrival, emergency evacuation bus pick-up, special needs transportation and boat/marine
  • Evacuation from low-lying, flood-prone areas and what to bring with you
  • What to do as a hurricane approaches

The Village encourages residents of single-family homes and duplexes to conduct pre-hurricane season tree pruning and property cleanup before hurricane season starts. Take advantage of monthly bulky waste pickup weeks to get rid of yard and other accepted waste ahead of time.

Residents of high-rise multifamily buildings face special risks during hurricane force winds. These include damage to windows and buildings that can be worse at higher floors, and damage caused by flying unsecured items and debris. Learn more about pre-storm preparations for condo dwellers (PDF).


During the Storm

The During a Hurricane section of the online Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide includes tips on how to protect yourself and your family, whether you are sheltering in place or have evacuated to a safe place.

Follow the link to FPL Contact Information for customers to use during and after a storm event.


After the Storm

Many people are injured after hurricanes or storm events. Do not become a statistic. The After the Storm section of the online Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide includes tips on how to protect yourself and your family.

Follow the link to FPL Contact Information for customers to use during and after a storm event.

 


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