With hurricanes being as powerful as they
are, it is not surprising that upon landfall
they cause damage and destruction. Even when
the hurricane has yet to make landfall, its
effects can be dangerous. However, most of
the damage caused to man and nature occur as
a hurricane makes landfall.
If your home is on or near the coastline
where the hurricane's destructive forces
will affect it, pay close attention to what
the local government and/or police force is
recommending. You should also pay attention
to radio and TV stations for the latest
If evacuating your home is recommended:
Heed their warning!!
Plan ahead where you would go -- it may be
beneficial to choose a few places like an
out of town friend's home or a designated
Take the phone numbers of these places
Take a road map in case the weather forces
you onto unfamiliar roads.
Do not drive over standing water, as
floods may have damaged the roads.
YOU DO NOT KNOW HOW DEEP THE WATER REALLY
If you are in the path of a land-falling
hurricane, you should prepare a supply kit
A first aid kit and necessary medications.
Canned food and an opener, as this food
last for long periods of time without
Plenty of water. (The Red Cross recommends
three gallons of water per person to last
Flashlights, a battery powered radio, and
Raingear, sleeping bags, and protective
More complete information on this subject as
well as how to best prepare your house for a
hurricane can be gathered by contacting your
local Red Cross chapter.
All major cutting of vegetation (i.e. tree
removal) should be completed long before June
1st, the beginning of hurricane season, if not
then please do it immediately and not wait until
a storm hits Dade County. Do all major
cutting/tree removal from December 1st through
April 30th. Solid Waste arranges for removal of
debris from routine yard maintenance though out
the year with your weekly scheduled pick up.
If you are having trees removed or doing any
other major cutting, be sure to have your
contractor include the price of debris removal
as part of their service. Debris from major
cutting or tree removal can be taken to the mini
dump located at 1290 NW 20th Street.
Arrange to cut back all trees and weak
branches that could contact building
Have your foliage thinned to wind can flow
freely through branches, decreasing the chance
that trees/plants will be uprooted.
Place vegetation material from routine
maintenance at the curb on your regular
scheduled collection day.
Containerize small pieces of vegetations such
as pine needles, leaves, twigs etc. in bags and
placed at the curb on your collection day.
Clean your yard of any items that could pose a
danger to you or your neighbors in hurricane
force winds such as old lumber, broken lawn
furniture, old wooden fence, etc. and take it to
the mini dump located at 1290 NW 20th Street.
Hurricane Do's & Don'ts for the
Department of Solid Waste
(Hurricane Season June 1 - November 30)
DO - Begin trimming branches from your
trees and placing them out for pick up
during regular trash pickup days during the
months of March through May.
DON'T - Trim branches once a hurricane alert
had been issued. Branches become dangerous
projectiles during a storm and the
department might not be able to pick up your
DO - Clean and place your garbage container
in a protected area when ever possible.
Garbage containers can become dangerous
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