Emergencies - What to Do?! : Weather

Emergency: Weather

The weather conditions in South Florida can change quickly with little or no notice. Severe thunderstorms have the potential to produce a number of hazards that can pose a threat to life and property. Be prepared for flooding, lightning, and/or tornadoes which may occur during any severe weather event.


  • Go to or stay inside a solid structure.
    • Be alert to flying or falling objects.
    • Stay away from windows, mirrors, glass, and unsecured objects.
    • Proceed to a fully enclosed central hallway of the building, or a closed room with no windows, if possible.
    • Do not use elevators.
  • If requested, assist persons with disabilities to the safest area on the same floor.
  • Refer to the sections below for incident specific information.


  • Protect your area with sand bags, barriers, or other absorbent materials.
  • Move to a higher floor in your building or evacuate to higher ground.
  • Avoid driving or walking through standing or fast moving water.


  • If stuck outside, avoid pools or standing under tall objects, as these put you at greater risk of being affected by lightning.


  • Go into an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor, if possible.
  • Stay away from windows, doors and outside walls.
  • A vehicle or modular building does not provide good protection. Plan to go quickly to a building with a strong foundation, if possible.
  • If shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • Stay in the shelter location until the danger has passed.