Hurricane Season 2014
June 1 – November 30

1. Be Informed. Know your risk. Understand how hurricanes and tropical storms can directly affect you and your family where you live, work and go to school whether you live on the coast or inland. Check the weather forecast regularly, sign up for local alerts from emergency management officials, and get and use a NOAA weather radio.

2. Develop a Family plan. Locate safe rooms in your house or safe places in your community and escape routes in case of an emergency. Complete your Ready Emergency Preparedness Planupdate your Emergency Supply Kit, and download the FEMA smartphone application to access important safety tips on what to do before, during and after a hurricane.

3. Create a Disaster Supply Kit. Make sure you have extra supplies of water, food, clothing, blankets, first aid items and flashlights.

4. Secure your Home. Protect the areas where wind can enter. Make any repairs that could potentially damage your home. Update your flood insurance.

ATTENTION MIAMI-DADE COUNTY RESIDENTS: The county has issued new storm surge evacuation maps affecting more homes. See if your home is located in a storm surge zone here

Need answers to your questions?
If you have any questions or are looking for more information and you live in Miami-Dade or Broward County, don't hesistate to call 3-1-1 which will connect you your county's call center. Find more information on these call centers at the websites below:

3-1-1 Miami-Dade
3-1-1 Broward 

You can also contact 2-1-1 Broward by dialing 2-1-1 if you live in Broward and Switchboard of Miami by dialing 305-358-HELP if you live in Miami-Dade. 

Stay Informed Before, During and After the Storm
For the latest updates on what's going on in the tropics, stay tuned to CBS 4, log on to CBSMiami.com and visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association website. You can also watch the Hurricane Season 2013: Surviving the Season special. Up-to-date news is also available on the Miami Herald Hurricane Watch site.

Get your hurricane disaster kit and emergency plans in order. Self-sufficiency is the key. Be ready to care for yourself and your family for the first 72 hours after a storm.
Monroe County Hurricane Preparedness Info & (also here)
Miami-Dade County Hurricane Preparedness Info
Broward County Hurricane Preparedness Info

Vulnerable Population Pre-registration
Individuals with special needs should pre-register. You can register by clicking the links below.
Miami-Dade County pre-registration
Broward County pre-registration
Monroe County pre-registration

Pet-friendly Shelter Pre-registration
Pets are family too, so sign up your pet to gain access to pet-friendly shelters.
Monroe County Pet Registration Info & form
Miami-Dade County Pet Registration
Broward County Pet Registration

Keep this NOAA Extreme Weather Information Sheet handy throughout Hurricane Season. 

Here are some great tips to help you stay prepared:

- If you don’t know if you live in an evacuation zone, find out now by checking with your county’s emergency management office.
- Remain in contact with family members who live in hurricane-prone areas. Call relatives to stay updated on their evacuation plans and become one of their emergency contacts so you can give them information if they don't have it available to them.
- Have enough non-perishable food on hand to last at least 4 days. Try taking advantage of 2-for-1 sales at the grocery store and stocking your disaster cabinet over time. 
- Have enough drinking water on hand to last at least 4 days.  Figure on at least 4 gallons per person and an additional 2 to 3 gallons per pet.
- If you take prescription drugs, make sure you have at least a 2 week supply on hand. Refill your prescriptions if possible.
- Check your shutters. if you have storm panels, make sure you have all the parts. if you have accordions or roll downs, make sure they close properly. If you have a generator, check it now to make sure it’s working properly.
- Store gasoline in approved containers only. Put your containers either in a shed away from your house or in a well-ventilated garage with a firewall.
- Gas up your vehicles now, and make sure you never go below half a tank during hurricane season.

More hurricane prep checklists and tips are available at www.hurricanesafety.org.

Other Great Disaster Resources Include:

Florida Division of Emergency Management 

NOAA

National Weather Service

American Red Cross

- National Hurricane Center

- Storm Prediction Center

Florida Forest Service

Federal Alliance For Safe Homes

Hurricane Hunter website for Teachers and Students

- Federal Emergency Management Agency