North Miami Beach residents and businesses are urged to develop a disaster preparedness plan before an emergency strikes. Know where you will stay when you evacuate, how you will get there, and what supplies you will take. Prepare an emergency supply kit for evacuation and for your return (a minimum of three days of food and water). Consider the needs of elderly and infant family members and pets.
- Make prior arrangements to shelter with friends or relatives living in a non-evacuation area or check into a hotel located inland; or, as a last resort only, use a public evacuation center.
- Send a list of friends’ and neighbors’ telephone numbers and copies of important papers to family members in another city.
- Tell family, neighbors, and service agencies where you will stay in an emergency.
- Have a transportation plan for emergencies.
- If you have functional and/or needs and require help during an evacuation order, register with the Miami-Dade County Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program.
- Review your insurance policies to ensure that you are fully covered. Insurers cease issuing policies when tropical systems are within a certain distance.
- Make arrangements with a kennel or friend to care for your pets. There are various Pet-Friendly Evacuation Centers (PFEC) throughout Miami-Dade County that will accept pets, but a family members must stay at the evacuation center with the pet. The opening of PFECs will be announced when the evacuation order is given.
- Have a plan to secure your boat or take it elsewhere.
- Inventory and take photos of your property and valuables, and store these photos and other important documents in a waterproof container and take with you when evacuating.
- Practice your Disaster Plan.