The official Atlantic hurricane season is from June 1 to November 30. The majority of tropical activity occurs during these six months. Always be prepared for a storm year-round.
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Tropical Climate – Know Your Weather
Tropical Depression: An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 38 mph (33kt) or less.
Tropical Storm: An organized system of strong thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 39 - 73 mph (34 - 63 kt).
Hurricane: An intense tropical weather system of strong thunderstorms with a well-defined surface circulation and maximum sustained winds of 74 mph (64 kt) or higher. In other parts of the world, the word hurricane is synonymous with typhoon and cyclone.
Miami-Dade County Emergency Management
Learn about the Office of Emergency Management, including the phases of emergency management, governmental affairs, activation levels and the comprehensive emergency management plan.
Persons with Special Needs
Miami-Dade has designated locations for people with special needs. Registration is necessary for the Special Needs and Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program. Discover details by viewing the Special Needs page on the Miami-Dade website.
New Storm Surge Evacuation Planning Zone
Storm Surge, Flooding, Wind & Tall Buildings
A storm surge has the ability to cause extensive damage posing the greatest threat during a severe weather event, and it is the main reason evacuation orders for an area are issued. The Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management (OEM) has identified five Storm Surge Planning Zones within the county. Areas in Miami-Dade along canals, rivers and further inland have been identified as being at risk for storm surge.
Independent of a hurricane’s category, each planning zone or portions of a zone can be evacuated depending on the hurricane’s track and projected storm surge. Upon identification of a threat, the OEM or County Mayor will use local media to relay pertinent information, such as evacuations and shelter openings. It is important to monitor the news for this information. Remember that these planning zones deal strictly with storm surge and you will need to determine if your home is safe to remain in during a hurricane.
Hurricane force winds are dangerous. The high winds can cause considerable damage from the pressure they put on windows and buildings, as well as damage caused by unsecured items and debris which become projectiles capable of causing death, great bodily injury, or serious damage to property. New technology has proven that winds are stronger as you go higher, which should be of concern to the many hi-rise condominium dwellers living in the City.
Storm Surge Planning Zone
To determine if your location is within a storm surge planning zone, visit the Storm Surge Planning Zone page or call Miami-Dade County Answer Center at 3-1-1.
Be Informed During an Emergency
CodeRED is the City of Aventura’s emergency notification system which allows the City to deliver critical messages and alerts to the community.
The CodeRED system serves as part of the City’s emergency planning and communications outreach by using the system’s capabilities to send telephone calls, text messages, and emails. In an effort to effectively inform residents, businesses and visitors.
To register, visit cityofaventura.com/codered Opens a New Window. OR text AlertAventura to 99411.
Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide
Please read and review the Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide.
Gear Up & Be Prepared
Gearing up includes information about preparing a supply kit, Emergency Evacuation Assistance Program, pet safety, and drinking water tips. For more information view the Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide website.
Do not wait until a storm threatens to start preparing. Before a hurricane threatens South Florida, have a plan, supplies, secure your home, and be ready.
Before the Storm
Before the Storm includes information about hurricane watch and warning terminology, transportation, and evacuation. View the Miami-Dade Before the Storm page for additional information.
After the Storm
Many disaster-related injuries occur after a storm event has passed. The Miami-Dade County Hurricane Guide - After the Storm provides tips to protect you and your family. Understand more by visiting the Miami-Dade After the Storm page.
- City of Aventura Police Department
Upon request, the City of Aventura Police Department is available to present hurricane or emergency preparedness to a group or condominium association.
- 911 Emergency
Dial 911 for all emergencies only. Using the 911 system for non-emergencies could prevent someone with a legitimate emergency from getting immediate access to help.
Dial 305-466-8999 for non-emergency police-related matters.
- Miami-Dade Office of Emergency Management
Miami-Dade Answer Line 3-1-1
The Office of Emergency Management supports the community’s disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation need through the coordination of information and resources countywide.
- Miami-Dade Hurricane Guide
Develop a hurricane plan ahead of time and stock-up on vital supplies in order to stay safe in the event of a storm. Save time, money and worry.
- Miami-Dade Emergency Alerts
Receive information with Miami-Dade Alerts, a service by Miami-Dade County that enables its residents to receive emergency texts and/or emails about public safety issues such as weather warnings like a tornado, tropical storm or hurricane warnings; recommended public protective actions; or other emergency information.
Report outages, check statuses, report hazardous conditions, report power-related concerns, and more at the Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), the largest rate-regulated electric utility in Florida.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency supports citizens and first responders to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all emergency hazards.
- American Red Cross
The American Red Cross responds to natural disasters and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies such as hurricanes, fires, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, etc. by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.