Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez Urges Residents To Prepare For Possible Impacts From Hurricane Isaias

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami-Dade is preparing for any impacts from Hurricane Isaias.

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez urged everyone to have a storm plan and CBS4 discovered residents feeding his advice.

It a busy morning at Doral Central Park, where more than a hundred people drove up in their cars Friday morning to pick up free sandbags. Will Tovar told CBS4’s Peter D’Oench “We are trying to protect our home by putting barriers on our porch to stop water from coming in.”

Nearby at a Walmart store in Doral, some people lined up to search for storm supplies.

“Actually I am looking for batteries and water. I realize there is a lot of uncertainty here and I am hoping the hurricane will go over us and not bump us,” Gabriela Nieves said.

Ericka Gutierrez echoed the sentiments of most people in line at that Walmart store.

“I am not stocking up or getting anything before this storm,” she said.

“Why not?” asked D’Oench.

“Because,” she said, “it’s not coming here. We will probably get some rain and wind but that’s it. I am not worried.”

Friday morning, Mayor Gimenez said the county is preparing for what may come.

“There’s still a lot of uncertainty about the track and we will continue to issue updates. So to reiterate, we have 20 evacuation centers on standby. They’re not open. Should we need to open them and we will have them set up with COVID-19 safety measures. It’s really too early to tell yet, so we are closely monitoring the situation,” he said.

Officials said they hoped to reopen the testing sites by Monday after the storm passes.

In preparation for any potential power outages. Gimenez said they have been calling more than 2,000 people who have registered for transfer to a safe place.

“These folks will use vital medical devices like respirators at home. That means that they’re power dependent. About 500 people have already indicated that they will need assistance,” said Gimenez.

People who need this service can call 311 to register. “You can not receive service during a storm,” said Gimenez.

Because of the storm, the county has temporarily shut down all COVID-19 testing sites. These sites will reopen once the storm passes. For details go to Miamidade.gov/COVID-testing.

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Source: CBS