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Islander News: Miami-Dade County has plans in place for a long season of storms, rains and heat

Other than death and taxes, life hasn’t too many certainties. Maybe a Lionel Messi goal each week, a Taylor Swift song every hour, and a hurricane season every year.

But in Miami-Dade County, it’s more than hurricanes. There’s also a “season” for extreme heat, another for the rainy season, and flood risks.

That was the message Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and her staff delivered last during a news conference at the county’s Emergency Operations Center in Doral ahead of the start of the June 1 Hurricane Season.

“Climate change is making everything worse,” she said.

“… We continue to work with our municipalities (to combat) all hazards, and we’re committed to building a more resilient Miami-Dade.”

Department of Emergency Management Director Pete Gomez and National Weather Service Warning Coordination Meteorologist Robert Molled were also on hand to offer their advice nine days before the June 1 hurricane season begins.

Hurricane season

“Now is the perfect time to make a safety plan, prepare a storm kit, sign up for alerts,” Mayor Cava said. “The Atlantic hurricane season is forecast to be extremely active with the most named storms predicted.”

But it only takes one storm to destroy property and people’s lives.

Her three points of interest to residents and, especially, to all the newcomers to South Florida:

1. Stay informed: “Stay informed before, during and after the storm,” she said. “Accurate information is the key. To sign up for county alerts, go to miamidade.gov/alerts or download the ReadyMDC app, Ready Miami-Dade.

2. Be storm-ready: The county’s Hurricane Readiness Guide has been delivered to every household and is available at public libraries or online at miamidade.gov/hurricane. Trim your trees, prepare your storm shutters, make sure to have enough reserves for hygienic supplies and food for 72 hours, fill vehicle gas tanks at least half full and keep electric vehicles charged at least halfway, she cautioned.

Mayor Cava said, “You don’t need to buy water. Miami-Dade Everglades water (from the tap) is first-class.”

3. Make a plan: If you live in a flood zone, ask yourself, “What do I need to know?” she said. “Where are the evacuation centers, and which ones are pet-friendly?” Also, for those requiring emergency assistance, dial 311 to find out how pickups to shelters can be arranged through the Emergency & Evacuation Assistance Program.

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