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The following information was updated on August 26, 2012, however, the information listed here may change without notice. We are providing this information as a service to the community and are not responsible for the correctness or completeness of this information. We recommend that you use this information as a starting point to making your disaster plans.

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Weather Links

National Hurricane Center
Miami Radar
South Florida Radar
South Florida Storm Watch

Emergency Numbers and Websites

Cutler Bay

Cutler Bay Town Hall 10720 Caribbean Blvd, Suite 105, 305-234-4262
Police 911 for emergencies. For non-emergencies, 305-476-5423
Information 311

Miami - Dade County

Miami-Dade County Emergency Information: Information on hurricane preparation and recovery:

For Evacuation Assistance 
311 (people requiring special needs shelters must register in advance)
Answer Center 311
Rumor control 311
Emergency Management 305-468-5400
FP&L (800-4OUTAGE) ,   305-468-8243
Florida City Gas  305-691-8710
AT&T 888-757-6500
Humane Society 305-696-0800

State & Federal

State Volunteer Hotline 1-800-FL-HELP1 (1-800-354-3571)
Alliance For Aging 1-800-96-ELDER (1-800-963-5337)
Dept. of Financial Services Hurricane Hotline 1-800-22-STORM (227-8676)
Price Gouging Hot-line 1-800-646-0444
The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL): 24-hour up-to-date information on emergencies or disaster situations impacting Florida 1-800-342-3557

Florida Division of Emergency Management
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

To make a Donation

American Red Cross 305-644-1200 or 1-800-HELP-NOW (1-800-435-7669)
Florida Disaster Recovery Fund 1-800-825-3736 or
Salvation Army Donation Helpline 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769)

Emergency Evacuation Sites & Shelters

Miami- Dade transit will activate specific emergency evacuation pick-up sites by zones. Cutler Bay residents east of Old Cutler Road are in evacuation zone "B" (yellow zone). Cutler Bay residents west of Old cutler Road are in Zone "C"(green zone). For information about which zones have been activated, listen to local media, phone 311, or visit For additional evacuation sites and zone listings, visit

Emergency Evacuation Bus Pick-Up Points In Cutler Bay
Centennial Middle School 8601 SW 212th Street
Cutler Ridge Park 10100 SW. 200th Street
East Ridge Retirement Center SW 87th Ave and SW 193 Terrace
Franjo Park 20175 Franjo Road
Southland Mall (south side) 10850 S.W. 211th Street
Christ Fellowship Church 8900 SW 168th St. (Palmetto Bay)
Westminster School 6855 SW 152nd Street (Palmetto Bay)

Shelter Locations in South Miami-Dade
Robert Morgan Senior 18180 SW 122nd Ave. map
Terra Environmental Senior 11005 SW 84th St. map
Felix Varela Senior HS 15255 SW 96th St. map
Jorge Mas Canosa Middle 15735 SW 144th St. map
South Miami Senior HS 6856 SW 53rd St. map

Check to see which shelter is open prior to evacuating. Listen to local media or dial 311.

Pet Friendly Shelters and Hotels

Prepare Now

  • Review your insurance policies to ensure that you are adequately covered.
  • Make sure you have copies of important documents such as insurance papers (wind, flood, homeowners, car and health insurance), house deed, proof of occupancy (such as utility bill, drivers license, passports, etc.). Store in a safe waterproof location.
  • A phone list of all your important contacts (family, doctors, insurance agents)
  • Take photographs or a video of your home for insurance purposes.
  • Establish a plan for where you will go if you need to evacuate, and what you will need to take with you. Let family and friends know where you will be.
  • Register if you have special needs. (
  • Purchase materials to protect your home now, especially if you don't have shutters. Purchase such items as plywood, screws, plastic sheeting, tarps etc.
  • Make arrangements for pets in case you must evacuate.
  • Purchase supplies for you and your animals for a minimum of 3 days.
  • Plan ahead. Trim any trees or shrubs now and haul away the debris. Do not cut after a watch has been issued.
  • Have one old fashioned (non cordless) phone in your home that does not require electricity.
  • Locate a safe room in your home, and store supplies there making sure they are easily accessible should you need to evacuate.
  • Purchase books, toys, cards etc. to keep children entertained

Before the storm

  • Bring in all loose items in your yard such as lawn furniture, pool equipment, and potted plants
  • Secure your home.
  • Mow your lawn just prior to a storm so it will be easy to locate debris such as roofing tabs and nails.
  • Remember to fill your tub with water using silicone caulking to keep tub from leaking. Use this water to flush toilets if necessary.
  • Turn your refrigerator to it's coldest level
  • Freeze water containers filled to use to keep food cold and for additional drinking water when thawed. Do not use glass containers.
  • Purchase or make additional ice
  • Fill water containers
  • Refill your prescriptions
  • Get additional cash before the storm.
  • Charge all cell phones
  • Fill your car's gas tank and purchase gas for your generator.

If you must evacuate

  • Evacuate inland, going only as far as necessary to ensure your safety.
  • Shut off electricity at the main fuse or breaker
  • Shut off gas supply at the outside source
  • Lock all doors and windows.
  • Leave the address and phone number of your destination posted on an interior wall
  • Try to leave during the daylight hours
  • If you are going to a shelter do not take your pets (unless the shelter accepts pets)
  • Take your hurricane suitcase and supplies
  • Tell someone where you are going

During the Storm

  • Stay inside away from windows
  • Listen to local news for important weather updates, tornado warnings, etc.
  • Keep your pet in a pet container for his/her safety
  • Do not use candles as a light source
  • Do not use tap water until you get the all clear.

After the Storm

  • Do not go out until all danger has passed. There may be hidden dangers such as downed power lines.
  • Do not drive around after a storm. Roads may be impassable, there may be downed lines and you may interfere with emergency vehicles or service trucks.
  • Put debris out for pick up as soon as safely possible. Our Town has arranged for a company to remove as much debris within the first 72 hours after the storm. Debris removed within this time frame will be paid for by FEMA and not Cutler Bay residents
  • Keep hurricane debris separate from regular household trash

Food Safety (if your electricity goes out)

  • Water may become contaminated during a storm, before authorities can alert the public. Drink bottled watter until you are sure the water supply is safe.
  • Keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Set them to their coldest setting prior to the storm. A refrigerator will keep food cold for up to four hours unopened. An unopened freezer will stay cold for 48 hours if full and approximately 24 hours if half full.
  • Use bottled water to wash fruits and vegetables.
  • Remember the old saying "If in doubt, throw it out".
  • For additional information visit or call the FDA at 1-888-Safefood (1-888-723-3366)

Generator Safety

  • Do not use generators indoors, including inside garages, carports, or other enclosed or partially enclosed area. Place generator away from windows, and doors.
  • Generators produce carbon monoxide and if not well ventilated can kill. CO can not be seen or smelled. If you begin to feel sick, week, or dizzy while using a generator go outside immediately. Use a battery-operated CO alarm to warn you of any danger.
  • To avoid electrocution from generators, keep the generator in a dry, area with a open canopy placed above, not on top of, the generator. Do not touch a generator with wet hands.
  • Plug appliances directly into the generator or use heavy duty, outdoor-rated extension cords. Never plug the generator into the main electrical panel. This is dangerous and potentially fatal to you and electrical service workers trying to restore power.
  • Before refueling, turn off your generator and allow it time to cool down.
  • Store all fuel in approved containers, stored outside in a shed or other protected area, not inside your home or garage.

Grocery Stores and Gas Stations in or near Cutler Bay with Stationary Generators

As of 5/27/07 Publix has 127 stores outfitted with stationary 500 watt generators (see list) with additional stores in various stages of being outfitted. In additional, Publix has mobile generators available.

Publix Supermarkets
20405 Old Cutler Rd. 305-235-2214
18485 S. Dixie Hwy. 305-253-7946
20711 S. Dixie Hwy. 305-256-3140
9510 SW 160th St. 305-971-9790
14601 S. Dixie Hwy. 305-255-8005
15771 SW 152nd St. 305-971-2168
20201 SW 127th Ave. 305-234-6038
891 N. Homestead Ave. 305-242-1500
3060 NE 41st Terr. 305-242-0954
18300 SW 137th Ave. 305-234-3929
Sedano's Market
13794 SW 152nd St. 305-255-3386

For a more comprehensive list, visit

Gas Stations
Shell 18600 S Dixie.
Shell 11690 Quail Roost Drive
Racetrac 11180 Eureka Drive

For a more comprehensive list, visit For a map of store locations, visit

Supply List

  • Food and Cooking Supplies
  • Drinking water (1 gallon per person per day)
  • Water purification tablets or Unscented bleach
  • Canned meat, fish, fruits or vegetables
  • Bread
  • Cookies, crackers, snacks
  • Canned soups
  • Powdered milk, Instant Coffee
  • Cereal
  • Packaged condiments
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Instant tea or coffee
  • Manual can opener
  • Portable camp stove or grill w/ utensils
  • Stove fuel, charcoal w/ lighter fluid or propane
  • Waterproof matches or lighter
  • Disposable eating utensils, plates, cups
  • Napkins and paper towels
  • Aluminum foil

Important Supplies for During the Storm

  • Battery operated radio, clock, T.V.
  • Flashlight (1 per person)
  • Portable battery operated lanterns
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Extra Batteries, including hearing aid batteries
  • First aid kit including bandages, antibiotic cream, aspirin, antacids.

If you Have Babies or Young Children

  • Disposable diapers
  • Diaper Wipes
  • Formula, jarred food and medication
  • Bottles and utensils
  • Personal flashlights
  • Toys and games to keep them occupied
  • Portable music player
  • Books
  • Snacks

Pet Supplies

  • Dry and/or canned food
  • Water (1/2 gallon per day)
  • ID tags and collars and proof of immunizations
  • Muzzle and leash
  • Litter box and Litter
  • Carrying container

Personal Supplies

  • Prescription medicines (1 month supply and copy of prescriptions)
  • Sunscreen
  • Toilet paper and personal hygiene products.
  • Entertainment items such as: games, toys, magazines,books.
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Change of clothing
  • Extra eye glasses or contacts

Additional Supplies

  • Full tank of gas and additional fuel for generators & cars.
  • Battery-operated CO alarms
  • Money (banks and ATMS may be closed). Make sure to get some small bills.
  • Maps of the area with landmarks on it
  • Large trash bags
  • Heavy gloves
  • Tool box with Tools
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Masking tape or duct tape
  • Outdoor extension cords
  • Cell phone, cell phone batteries, and extra chargers
  • Old fashioned Phone (that does not require electricity)
  • Local phone book and personal phone book
  • Roofing tarps or plastic sheeting
  • Portable cooler
  • spray paint (to identify your house, if damaged, to insurance adjusters)

Insurance Hotline Numbers For The State of Florida

  • 21st Century Insurance: 800-433-8880
  • Acuity: (800) 242-7666
  • Allstate: (800) 54-STORM or (800) 547-8676
  • Bituminous: (800) 822-2905 (Florida)
  • Church Mutual: (800) 554-2642
  • Citizens Property Insurance Corp.: (888) 685-1555
  • CHUBB: (800) CLAIMS-0 or (800) 252-4670
  • CNA: (877) 733-4250
  • Farmers: (800) 435-7764
  • Fireman's Fund: (888) FIRE-HAT or (888) 347-3428
  • GEICO: (800) 841-3005
  • The Hartford: (800) 243-5860
  • Liberty Mutual: (800) 2-CLAIMS or (800) 225-2467
  • Metlife Auto & Home: (800) 854-6011
  • Middle Oak Mutual: (800) 225-2533
  • Nationwide: (800) 421-3535
  • OneBeacon: (877) 248-4968
  • Royal First: (800) 847-6925
  • SAFECO: (800) 332-3226
  • Selective: (866) 455-9969
  • Shelter Insurance Group: (800) 743-5837
  • Travelers: (800) CLAIM-33 or (800) 252-4633
  • State Farm Insurance: (800) SF-CLAIM or (800) 732-5246
  • Texas Farm Bureau: (800) 772-6535
  • USAA: (800) 531-8222