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EMERGENCIES

Call 911 only for life-threatening situations. After the danger of the storm is passed, call police or utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines (STAY AWAY FROM DOWNED POWER LINES), broken gas or water mains, overturned gas tanks, etc. Do not drive or walk through standing water.

For non-emergency general information, call 3-1-1 for 24-hour information during emergency events such as hurricanes or natural disasters. CALL 9-1-1 only for urgent emergencies like a crime in progress, a burning building or medical emergency.

MAKE SPECIAL PLANS FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

Individuals within Miami-Dade County who have special needs – and may require additional assistance during evacuations – can register with the County’s People with Special Needs & Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program (PSN/EEAP). The PSN/EEAP is registration driven and the locations are not published.

Upon qualifying for the program, a letter of confirmation will be mailed to the special needs client that will identify their shelter location. The Special Needs Evacuation Centers (SNECs) are staffed with medical personnel from the Department of Health and/or Jackson Memorial Hospital nursing staff. The needs of infants, the elderly and persons with disabilities must be included in your overall plan to be fully prepared for an emergency.

2017 STORM NAMES

ARLENE
BRET
CINDY
DON
EMILY
FRANKLIN
GERT
HARVEY
IRMA
JOSE
KATIA
LEE
MARIA
NATE
OPHELIA
PHILIPPE
RINA
SEAN
TAMMY
VINCE
WHITNEY

2017 Hurricane Season Preparation

BEFORE A STORM APPROACHES

Hurricane season officially runs June 1 to November 30, and as such, Bal Harbour Village residents should be prepared. Now is the time to make a plan for you and your family. If you are going to be away during the hurricane season, insure you have arrangements in place to secure your home. Purchasing supplies once a storm is threatening is expensive and strenuous. Planning and shopping now eliminates stress and avoids long lines and empty shelves. For additional hurricane preparedness and information go to www.miamidade.gov/oem.

IMPORTANT DETAILS

  • PETS: In addition to food, make sure pets (cats/dogs) have proper identification tags and properly working pet carriers and leashes.
  • SHELTERS: Keep maps and numbers of your nearest shelter listed in case of emergency evacuations (If you have pets call ahead to locate shelters that allow pets).
  • PHOTOS: Take pictures of your property before and after the storm for insurance purposes.

LANDSCAPE

Pruning trees and shrubs before a hurricane can reduce the debris that may become airborne. Proper pruning also increases the likelihood that a tree can weather a storm. Consult or hire a certified, licensed arborist prior to tree pruning. Landscapers hired to maintain residential and commercial properties must remove all vegetation. Do not begin pruning or cleanup activities or place trash on the curb during a Hurricane Watch/Warning.

IF A STORM IS IMMINENT

Protect the areas of your home where wind can enter. Secure windows and doors, preferably with permanent County-approved storm shutters or storm panels. Tape does not prevent window damage. Bring in lawn furniture, garbage cans, bins and other items that are not secured and could become airborne. If you own a boat, use double lines at the marina. If it is trailered and cannot be garaged, stake it to the ground with rope and fill the hull with water.

Monitor the storm’s progress regularly. Visit www.miamidade.gov or call 311 for updates on services. Depending on conditions, bus, rail, garbage and recycling services, as well as airport and seaport operations could be affected. Fully charge portable items, such as cell phone, tools and hand-held devices. Make sure your car’s gas tank is full and withdraw cash that may be needed after a storm.

If an evacuation order is given, you must leave the area and move to a location outside the evacuation zone. Make sure you take your local identification, so you can return after the storm. Turn off your electricity at the main breaker. Unplug appliances.

FLOODING

Bal Harbour Village is a coastal community. Storm surge and flooding is possible during a hurricane. Do not walk or drive near areas of standing water – there could be dangerous debris and uneven depths that will cause injuries.

STOCK UP ON YOUR HURRICANE SUPPLIES NOW, INCLUDING:

Food

Set aside several days worth of canned and packaged non-perishable foods as well as items that require minimal preparation

Water

Store enough water for drinking, bathing, cooking for all family members and pets

Health & First Aid

Storage

Protect important documents in zip locked bags such as: birth certificates, social security cards, insurance documents, etc.

Cleaning & Supplies

Disposable eating utensils, mosquito repellent, gloves, liquid soap

Tools

Flashlights, batteries, pliers, hammers, goggles, dust mask, screwdrivers, etc.

Generator and Fuel

Battery Operated Radio/Phone

Special Items

Spare eye glasses, diapers, wipes