DURING A HURRICANEIf an evacuation order was issued, everyone should have evacuated. Sheltering at home in Miami Beach can be extremely dangerous and residents should think twice about making this decision. However, if you were not able to leave before the onset of storm conditions -- notify family and friends of your situation.
Safe RoomIf you have not evacuated prior to the arrival of tropical storm conditions, although this is strongly ill-advised, you will be left to shelter in place. In a high-rise building, you want to shelter in the lower floors, but not on the first three levels. Hurricane winds increase at higher elevation. Stay in an interior room or hallway where there are no windows . If there are no rooms without windows, stay as far away from windows and doors as possible. You may want to consider taking shelter in a closet. Keep your immediate emergency supplies with you to include -- at minimum -- a battery-powered radio, flashlight, extra batteries, important papers in a zipped-up plastic bag, and a fully-charged cellphone. It is also advisable to have extra batteries or a non a/c-powered battery charger for the cellphone.
Emergency Calls The City of Miami Beach’s Fire, Rescue and Police stop all emergency operations at the arrival of Tropical Storm force (40 mph+) winds. Following a hurricane, emergency calls may be very limited or cease altogether due to flooding, downed power lines, limited street access and fewer personnel.
Stay InformedThe most important thing you can do during a storm is to monitor sources with official emergency information. With a battery-powered radio, you can tune into local media for updates on the situation and listen for important notifications that can keep you safe.