In 2013, Miami-Dade County revised all Storm Surge Planning (evacuation) Zones based on new modeling data. As a result, a greater portion of the County falls within planning zones. It is important for the entire University community to know if their home is within a planning zone, and if so, to plan accordingly. Determine if your home is in a storm surge planning zone by visiting, entering your address, and selecting the emergency management tab or call the Miami-Dade County Answer Center at 3-1-1.


Develop a family emergency plan. Use the emergency planning templates at Ready South Florida or to outline how you will get to a safe place, contact one another, get back together, and what you will do in different situations.


Build a kit with these essential disaster items to ensure your basic needs are met during the first 48-72 hours after a disaster:
• Water – one gallon per person per day for at least three to seven days
• Non-Perishable Food – at least a three to seven day supply
• Flashlight – with extra batteries
• Emergency Radio – battery-powered or hand crank
• First Aid Kit – including medication and prescription drugs for at least 2-weeks
• Fire Extinguisher
• Whistle
• Sanitizer – moist towelette or liquid
• Multi-Tool / Tool Kit
• Tarp or plastic sheeting and duct tape
• Plastic garbage bags
• Important Documents – in a weatherproof container
• Cash
• Special items-for infants, children, elderly, persons with functional needs, and pets

More information about how to build a kit can be found at Ready South Florida and Pre-made kits designed for students can be ordered from the American Red Cross.


Get involved before a disaster strikes! Here are a few ways you can help make the community more resilient to disasters:
• Volunteer to support disaster efforts.
• Be a part of the whole community planning process.
• Join the Canes Emergency Response Team (CERT) or the Miami Dade Medical Reserve Corps - University of Miami Response Team (MDMRC - UMRT).
• Donate cash or goods that may help meet the need of the community in times of disaster.

Learn more about University-sponsored initiatives at Being ready for a disaster starts with you. Take these basic steps, and when a disaster strikes be a survivor, not a victim.


Life Threatening Emergency (All Campuses) 911
Emergency Information Hotline (All Campuses) 1-800-227-0354
University Police Department (Gables Campus) 305-284-6666
Department of Security (Medical Campus) 305-243-6000
Campus Safety (Marine Campus) 305-421-4766 or 305-710-7991
Report Suspicious Activity (State-Wide) 1-855-352-7233

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