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Be hurricane ready: Free resources provide up-to-the-minute info, tips

The following information has been verified and updated for all of South Florida in 2024. June 1, the Atlantic hurricane season starts. Stay informed through Nov. 30.

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Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County offers the free ReadyMDC mobile app, which allows you to get the most up-to-the-minute information to deal with a hurricane before, during and after. 

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The app includes information on the following:

  • How to prepare for a hurricane
  • Knowing which areas that are in danger of storm surge
  • Locating evacuation centers
  • What to do with your pets
  • Finding assistance 

Download for Android on Google Play: Click here. Download for Mac on iTunes: Click here or download for iOS on the Apple App Store.

Palm Beach County

Stay on top of South Florida’s fast-changing weather with Palm Beach Post storm tracking website. Get hourly radar, severe weather push notifications, 7-day forecasts, hurricane alerts and more. It’s the best site to check your local weather.

During a hurricane warning event ,check the City’s website for updates and subscribe to the Insider Newsletter. In case of emergency, contact the Mayor’s Response Hotline at (561) 822-2222 (TTY 800-955-8771). For immediate assistance, dial 9-1-1.

Special Needs & Pet Shelters: Pre-registration with Palm Beach County is essential. Contact (561) 712-6400 (TTY 561-712-6342) for further information.

Broward County

Broward County has a notification system. AlertBroward that will provide subscribers with important information in critical countywide situations such as a hurricane. This would include evacuations, curfews, and open shelters.

By signing up you’ll receive time-sensitive calls to your home, business or mobile phones, or you can sign up for text messages or emails. You pick where, you pick how.?

Learn more about hurricane prep

Find other Miami-Dade County resources – including videos, maps, checklists and more – by clicking here

The site is run by the Office of Emergency Management, which plans and prepares for emergencies by coordinating activities with county departments, municipalities, nonprofit social service and medical-care agencies, businesses, residents and visitors. It helps educate the public on preparedness, coordinating emergency response and recovery, and delivers emergency information.

Hurricane prep for pets

Meanwhile, Miami-Dade Animal Services wants to know: Do you have all your pet supplies in case of a storm?

The county agency is reminding residents to “always include your furry family members in your storm plans!” 

When planning an emergency kit, pet owners are urged to consider the pet’s basic needs, including prescriptions and important paperwork. 

Below is a checklist of recommended pet supplies:

For more storm and weather details, check the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's website at

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Mary Lou Cruz

About Mary Lou Cruz

I worked at the South Florida Sun Sentinel for 21 years, as an Advertising Special Sections Writer; Editorial Systems Editor in Technology; and Editorial Assistant in the Newsroom. Before my newspaper career, I worked in the airline and travel industry and I have lived in Brazil, Puerto Rico and vacationed in more than 25 countries. Originally, I'm from Maryland. I moved to Florida in 1984 and raised my daughter in Miami. Email:

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