Storm Preparedness

Miami has always been the one of the most vulnerable cities in the U.S. to hurricanes due to its subtropical climate and coastal location in the Atlantic basin. Miami’s building codes and enforcement were enhanced significantly after Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Today, South Florida’s building code policies around wind resistance and roof integrity are considered the strongest in the U.S.1 Due to climate change, Miami may see hurricanes with more rainfall, faster wind speeds, and higher storm surge.

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Training

  • The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. City of Miami has over 100 CERT trained individuals in the City and is now running multiple trainings per year in the City to increase this number.
  • Office of Emergency Management hosts an annual Emergency Operations Center training with city staff simulating a hurricane event. Staff respond to a mock hurricane and are refreshed on their role and the roles of other departments in disaster response and recovery.

Outreach and Communications

  • NET and Emergency Management staff provide hurricane preparedness workshops for Miami residents, targeting seniors.
  • Multichannel outreach on hurricane preparedness tips for residents including push during National Hurricane Preparedness Week.

Response

  • Maintains and updates annually a list of disaster mitigation projects for potential FEMA funding in the event of a storm.
  • Track and monitor debris removal using GIS tracking.
  • Patrol and City property maintenance including tree trimming, clearing bulk trash, addressing derelict vessels, and clearing storm drains.
  • Notice is issued to all developers, contractors, and homeowners with active permits on minimum precautions to prepare their site.