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Lightning kills: Which outdoor activity ranks no. 1 for fatal strikes?

    story by: By Michael Kuhne, AccuWeather staff writer During the warmest months of the year, an increase in thunderstorms along with more people venturing outdoors to engage in their favorite summer pastimes leads to deadly lightning strikes every year. Leisure activities account for two-thirds of all lightning-related fatalities in the United States each year. While the odds of getting …

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2016 Miami-Dade Evacuation Survey

Get a Kit

The Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management is conducting a study to better understand the preparedness and evacuation plans and needs of its residents. To do so, a survey has been distributed throughout the county. Your feedback is greatly needed and appreciated! The survey should only take about 15 minutes to complete. All responses will be kept confidential, and your participation is …

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Developing a Family Emergency Communication Plan

Disasters can happen at any time, so it’s likely that you may not be with your family during an emergency. Do you have a plan in place to contact your loved ones to ensure they are safe? Before the storm comes, waves swell, or twister forms, create and test your family emergency communication plan so you can reach each member …

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FEMA Launches New Children and Disasters Webpage

  With approximately 69 million children under the age of 18 in the United States, children comprise nearly one-quarter of the entire U.S. population. One of FEMA’s strategic priorities is to be survivor-centric in mission and program delivery by maximizing speed, efficiency, accessibility and ease of use of FEMA’s programs and services for individuals and communities. We work diligently to …

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Avoiding Floodwaters

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States. It can happen anywhere and at any time, causing devastation quickly. In March 2016, many residents in southeastern Texas and parts of Louisiana evacuated their homes and communities to escape extensive flooding. However, some homeowners remained in their homes and were …

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Securing Your Financial Documents

Many Americans experience the challenge of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful circumstances, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical, and other records is crucial for starting the process of recovery quickly and efficiently. Taking the time now to collect and secure these critical records will give you peace of mind. In the event …

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Get ‘Petpared’ for Disasters

Calling all pet owners! The likelihood your pet will survive a disaster such as a flood or tornado depends largely on proper emergency planning.  In support of America’s PrepareAthon!, FEMA Region III is hosting a national #Petpared Challenge to prepare pets for emergencies. Take action and join in this activity now through May 8, 2015. There are several ways to …

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Palm Beach Ready

Palm Beach County always prepares for the needs of its residents. The last eight years have been kind to us, especially compared to the onslaught we faced in 2004 and 2005, but it only takes one storm to remind us of Mother Nature’s fury. If that one storm does affect us, you can be assured that Palm Beach County is …

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The Broward County Vulnerable Population Registry

Senior Citizen

The Vulnerable Population Registry is for residents who are at risk due to disability, frailty or health issues, regardless of age, who elect to stay at home in the event of a hurricane or other emergency. The Registry is a partnership between Broward County and municipalities to help emergency responders better plan for recoveries from hurricanes and other emergencies. It is …

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Monroe County Volunteer Programs

  Monroe County Emergency Management believes that “strengthening the Florida Keys communities through volunteerism and service” is not just a mission statement; it’s a way of life. Now, more than ever, the Florida Keys residents of all ages are ready to answer the call and lend a hand. In order to accomplish this mission, it was recognized that a clear …

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