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.
- 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.
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.
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:
Set aside several days worth of canned
and packaged non-perishable foods
as well as items that require minimal
Store enough water for drinking,
bathing, cooking for all family
members and pets
Health & First Aid
Protect important documents in zip
locked bags such as: birth certificates,
social security cards, insurance
Cleaning & Supplies
Disposable eating utensils, mosquito
repellent, gloves, liquid soap
Flashlights, batteries, pliers, hammers,
goggles, dust mask, screwdrivers, etc.
Generator and Fuel
Battery Operated Radio/Phone
Spare eye glasses, diapers, wipes