OEM partners with Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the American Red Cross (ARC) to operate Evacuation Centers (EC). These ECs provide refuges of last resort for those individuals who need to evacuate and are unable to make their own evacuation and sheltering arrangements, such as with friends, family, or in hotels outside of the evacuation zones.
During evacuations, Miami-Dade County also offers Pet Friendly Evacuation Centers for residents living in evacuation areas, unsafe structures or mobile homes. A family member must stay with the pet. For more information, call 311 or visit Animal Services Department's page on disaster preparedness for pets.
For those individuals who do not have their own transportation to the Evacuation Centers, this is provided by Miami-Dade via emergency evacuation bus pick-up sites throughout the County's evacuation zones.
Miami-Dade Bus Pick-Up sites will be activated only for hurricane evacuations. Residents should listen to the media or call 311 to find out when the buses will transport people from the pick-up sites to Red Cross Evacuation Centers. Buses that will transport people for hurricane evacuations will have a special notice on the front of the bus where the route information is displayed.