Hurricane Resource Center

Stay Safe Before, During and After a Storm

Every year our community faces hurricane season from June 1 through November 30. Planning and preparing can make a big difference, especially in the wake of a hurricane.

United Way Miami is the county’s official volunteer and donations arm. In partnership with the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald and Operation Helping Hands, we are here for our community before, during and after an emergency. The United Way Hurricane Resource Center offers helpful information to create a preparedness plan, as well as what to do during and after a hurricane.

Prepare Your Home

We’re committed to keeping our community safe and healthy. To help keep you, your family, your home and your pets safe, here are some resources to help you prepare:

Miami-Dade County Resources

The Basics Before a Storm

Prepare Your Business

A business continuity plan can help you stay operational even if a disaster affects your business. The links below offer tips on how to create and implement such a plan. Once you create a plan, be sure to make every employee aware of his or her responsibilities.

Business Disaster Planning – tips for creating a business continuity plan, talking to employees about an emergency and protecting your business assets.

Managing Communications

Internal: Preparation and training are key to executing your internal emergency communications plan. Your management and human resources teams should work together to ensure that employees have access to the following items so that when a hurricane approaches, your staff can focus on other efforts.

  • Up-to-date employee emergency contact list
  • Call tree and instructions – a structured way for you to account for every employee after a hurricane
  • Links on your organization’s intranet to your employee contact lists, emergency preparedness and recovery responsibilities, etc.

External: When a hurricane threatens our area, if you have standard mass communications in place that you can share with your clients, not only will your last-minute preparations be easier to manage, but your clients will also appreciate your taking the time to inform them of your intentions. Consider the following:

  • Mass email to clients
  • Temporary banner or headline on your website’s home page
  • Temporary phone greeting
  • Informational signage at your office or business entry points (particularly important if you receive regular deliveries or have walk-in clients)

Get Help After a Hurricane

If you need help after a storm, please call JCS Helpline Services at 305-576-6550 or dial 211– a free 24-hour hotline offering information, referral, counseling in English, Spanish and Creole.

The links below help you access important services like assistance, information/data recovery for businesses, legal and financial counseling for individuals, help filing for state assistance and more.

United Way Impact Partners Offering Relief and Recovery Assistance

Important Links

Useful Emergency Contacts

  • Miami-Dade County Animal Services: 305-468-5900
  • Miami-Dade Police Department: 305-476-5423
  • Miami Dade County Emergency Management Evacuation Assistance program: 305-468-5900
  • Florida Division of Emergency Management: 850-815-4000
  • Florida City Gas: 888-352-5325
  • Peoples Gas (TECO Energy): 877-832-6747
  • Department of Financial Services Claim Hotline: 877-693-5236
  • National Flood Insurance: 800-427-4661
  • Poison Control: 800-222-1222

Give Help after a Hurricane

As the County’s official volunteer and fundraising arm, United Way Miami is here for our community before, during and after an emergency.

We specialize in bringing people together to reach out in the event of a disaster, whether through donations of money, time or goods.

VolunteerMiami, powered by United Way Miami, hosts pre and post disaster-related volunteer opportunities.