Monday, October 10, 2011

Miami Dade County Storm Surge Simulator

Are You Prepared For A Storm Surge?

Storm surge is the greatest threat to life and commercial property from a hurricane. It occurs when water from the ocean is pushed toward the shore by the force of the winds swirling around a hurricane.

For properties in Miami-Dade County, the threat of storm surge represents a serious hazard to our coastal communities and the southern half of Miami-Dade County. Storm surge is the primary reason why Miami-Dade residents are asked to evacuate prior to a hurricane event. However, there are other factors involved in a hurricane evacuation order so always follow the protective actions issued by emergency officials.

Because more than a half a million people are within one of Miami-Dade County's three Hurricane Evacuation Zones, Miami-Dade County, in partnership with Florida International University has created the Storm Surge Simulator which combines historical data and modern day technology to illustrate what storm surge could mean to you and your home.

Use this tool  to educate yourself, evaluate, prepare, and put a hurricane evacuation plan in place. Simply type in your address and choose the severity of a storm to visualize your potential risk.

Remember, no two storms are alike. The severity of storm surge depends upon the speed, intensity and size of any given hurricane.

Knowing your vulnerability and the actions you should take before a hurricane strikes can greatly reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

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