Curt Sommerhoff worries whether the next time a big storm threatens South Florida, it will be taken seriously. He warns ” It’s been 5 years since Hurricane Wilma and in this county we worry about complacency settling it”.

As Director of Miami-Dade’s Emergency management, he knows 

South Florida is often right in the middle of a big storms’ path.

That’s why local emergency operations’ like Sommerhoff are doubling their warnings to the most vulnerable South Florida residents: If you need extra help before any upcoming storms, register right now.

Sommerhoff advises, “Particularly the most vulnerable like Senior Citizens or anyone with any physical disabilities needs to pre-register before a storm hits so we can let them know the Special Services that may be available for them and that’s why they need to make pre-arrangments with us.

So, how can you reach the Emergency Operations Registration Centers around South Florida?

Depending on where you live, Miami Dade’s 311 system can help any special needs residents apply for help, along with Broward’s 311 call center.

Monroe County residents can register at 305-289-6018.

Pet owners can also use the same numbers to get information about emergency shelters for pets.

To apply for emergency evacuation assistance or access to special-needs’ shelters, you may have to provide your medical history..possibly including a doctors’ recommendation.

Pet owners will also have to provide proof of vaccinations and required registrations before any pets would be eligible for special animal shelters.

And don’t forget, Storm Shelters may provide a safe location during a bad storm, but you still need to bring food, clothing, sleeping supplies, medications, and any entertainment for children if you plan on evacuating to a shelter the next time South Florida faces a Hurricane Emergency.  

You can also check out our CBSMiami website for more information.


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