City of Doral’s Hurricane Preparedness Tips & Resources

City of Doral Government Center
8401 NW 53rd Terrace
Doral, FL 33166
305-59 DORAL (305-593-6725)
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May 17, 2018
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(MEDIA ONLY):
Maggie.Santos@cityofdoral.com

Press Release

City of Doral’s
Hurricane Preparedness Tips & Resources

Doral, FL – Hurricane season is quickly approaching and the City of Doral wants to remind everyone that the time to prepare is now! Doral, as well as the rest of the County and State, are in the potential path of hurricanes. Which is why it is imperative that you review your family and business’s plan and hurricane supplies sooner rather than later.
 
With public safety as the City’s utmost priority, all City departments are working diligently to provide the support you need to keep you, your family and your business safe during a state of emergency.
 
We invite the community to join us at the annual Hurricane Safety Fair on June 9th at the brand new, Doral Police Substation 3719 NW 97th Ave., from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This fair is your one stop shop to get the information you need in preparation of hurricane season, with the opportunity to meet several vendors and representatives from the City’s pertinent departments.

Hurricane Preparedness Flyer

Hurricane Preparedness Spanish Flyer

Pre-Storm Activities for Residents and Businesses

  • Review your emergency kit.  Make sure to have food, water (1 gallon per person per day) and medicine for a minimum of three days. Visit the Public Safety page from the City website to see a complete list.
     
  • Be sure to bring all front yard and backyard decorations, items, and accessories indoors to avoid the possibility of flying projectiles.
     
  • Ensure that hurricane shutters are in good working order and are being maintained regularly. If your home has hurricane panels, make sure all required hardware and materials are easily available and accessible.
     
  • Flooding can be a major concern during a storm.  The City maintains all storm water drains but make sure that if you live in a gated community, your association management maintains the storm water drains in your gated community.  Ensure that all private storm drains are serviced and cleaned out to assist in alleviating standing water in roads and parking lots.
     
  • Trim your trees weeks, even a couple of months, before the start of hurricane season to avoid having dead branches and pruned landscaping from becoming dangerous objects during a windstorm. Proper disposal of these items are critical to avoid property damage in a storm.
     
  • For business owners in the City, all outdoor seating and tables, along with loose signs, should be brought indoors. All heavier outside storage materials should be properly secured, as well. City Inspectors will be scoping the city for construction sites and handling out flyers informing to secure loose construction materials. Have an emergency plan for your employees.
     
  • City Building Department will be available to assist customers with any hurricane permitting and inspection inquiries. For flood information visit our website: www.cityofdoral.com, under the Building tab.
  • Ronald Reagan - Doral Senior High School is the designated hurricane shelter and is located at 8600 NW 107th Avenue in Doral but it does not allow pets.   For pets, shelter at the Tamiami Fairgrounds.  A person with special needs is allowed to bring his or her service animal into a special needs shelter.  Not every site will open for every evacuation!  Dial 311 to find out which centers are open when an evacuation order is issued.  If an evacuation order is issued, please follow the instructions given by authorities.

Post-Storm Activities for Residents and Businesses

  • Major street intersections in Doral are equipped with portable generator interface devices that allow the hook-up of portable generators for continued operation of traffic signals in case of power outages caused by a hurricane event.  Treat all intersections as a four (4) way stop when the traffic light is not functioning or the Stop sign is down.
     
  • In the event that your property is damaged during a storm, be aware of unlicensed contractors. Make sure to verify that all potential contractors working on your home are properly licensed, insured, and qualified by the State of Florida, and that all appropriate building permits are obtained.
     
  • The City of Doral has contractors on standby ready to assist with clean-up and debris removal on City public roads.  This will allow first responders to have unimpeded access in case of emergencies. In a continued effort to protect residents and business owners, the Code Compliance Department will be aggressively investigating and enforcing all reports of illegal contracting work performed in the City. Please know that if your community is managed by a Home Owners’ Association (HOA), that HOA is responsible for their respective community debris pick-up and disposal at a designated Miami-Dade County Solid Waste facility.
    Florida Power and Light (FPL) outage and restoration information is available by calling 1-800-4-OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) or through their mobile website at www.FPL.com.
  • Cooperate with authorities if curfews are issued within the City.

STAY INFORMED! The City of Doral has the goal of keeping the residents and stakeholders informed.  City staff uses various platforms to keep the public notified of hurricane emergency alerts.

  • City residents and business owners may sign up to receive Automated Weather Alerts through Doral Alerts. This is free of charge and the application can also be downloaded on your smart phone. These alerts are pushed out to registered participants automatically, when the National Weather Service declares inclement weather areas near registered address. Residents and business owners may signup via our website to receive these notifications. http://bit.ly/DoralAlerts
  • Good news!  The City of Doral has partnered with In-telligent to keep its residents and visitors as informed and safe as possible at all times. This FREE app can be downloaded on iOS and Android!
     
  • The City of Doral uses these social media outlets to keep residents and business owners informed of any emergencies. Follow our Twitter accounts (@cityofdoral and @DoralPolice) and our City Facebook page (@cityofdoral).  There you can also find the link to subscribe to Doral Alerts.

For emergencies, please call 911.  For Police non-emergencies, call 305-593-6699. 

Additional Resources:

A full list of contact numbers can be found in the City of Doral’s website City Numbers

En español

WHAT: Hurricane Safety Fair
WHEN:  Saturday, June 9, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
WHERE:  Doral Police Substation, 3719 NW 97th Ave.
MEDIA CONTACT: Maggie.Santos@cityofdoral.com

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