Miami-Dade County has issued a mandatory evacuation order for Miami Beach beginning at noon tomorrow. Miami Beach businesses and residents should evacuate to a relative or friends' home at a safer location. For those unable to make necessary accommodations, a list of open shelter locations can be found here.
Hurricane Irma remains a powerful category 5 storm, with maximum sustained winds of over 185 miles per hour. It is one of the strongest and largest storms ever reported in the Atlantic Ocean. South Florida remains in the forecast track for either a direct hit or major storm impacts. Do not take this lightly. Plan now to keep yourself and your family safe.
Municipal parking garages, excluding the City Hall garage, are available for residents to safeguard their vehicles. For more information, call the Miami Beach Parking Department at 305.673.7505 and press 5.
There are NO hurricane shelters in Miami Beach. Please take into consideration the high volume of residents and additional low-lying areas evacuating, traffic congestion is expected. Miami-Dade County has opened evacuation shelters for those who are unable to make necessary accommodations. A list of evacuation centers can be found here.
A list of evacuation pick-up sites are listed here. Bus transportation to evacuation shelters on the mainland will be provided by Miami-Dade County. County transit buses will provide transportation to these shelters from 21 different locations and cease operations and evacuations three hours prior to the estimated arrival of tropical storm force winds (of sustained winds of 39 miles per hour). If a resident is not located in close proximity to an evacuation site, they are encouraged to take the Miami Beach trolley or regular public transit to the nearest location. For safety reasons, the City of Miami Beach trolley service will also cease operation three hours prior to sustained winds reaching a forecast of 39 mph. Transit services will resume as soon as possible after the hurricane passes.
After the storm
Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach will work together to determine a full or phased re-entry based on initial damages. For the safety of our community, Miami Beach Police will be monitoring re-entry into the city once the storm passes. Residents must provide a proof of residency with a state ID and/or utility bill for re-entry.
Employees who work in Miami Beach must provide proof of business ownership or a letter from an employer to re-enter Miami Beach.
In regards to condominiums and hotel staff, Miami Beach Department of Emergency Management pre-registers representatives from each property. Those property owners or designated representatives are issued hang tags that corresponds to their drivers licenses so they can be allowed back into Miami Beach. This is done so that a limited number of people can re-enter with the sole purpose of damage assessment. After a storm, engineers and property managers from these properties are the ones qualified to give initial damage assessments, while the residents of the condos and the guests of the hotels are in safer locations.
Remember that pets are not allowed to go to general population shelters and therefore will not be allowed on the buses. Families with pets who wish to go to a shelter can find a Miami-Dade County animal-friendly shelter here.
For more information on hurricane preparation and evacuation, find the 2017 English & Spanish Hurricane Guide here. Informational videos can also be found on the city webpage for resident use. They include important information such as: how to stay informed, prepare a kit and properly plan.
To receive text updates text MBtraffic to 91011.
Call 3-1-1 to connect with Miami-Dade County's contact center for up to date information. Use 9-1-1 for emergencies only.
For questions and concerns regarding Miami Beach you can call 305-604-CITY.
Mayor Philip Levine & City Manager Jimmy L. Morales