Miami-Dade County

Mall hosts Storm 101 event and you could walk off with a hurricane supply kit

Hurricane Irma destroyed or severely damaged 4,000 homes in 2017 in the Florida Keys.
Hurricane Irma destroyed or severely damaged 4,000 homes in 2017 in the Florida Keys. Miami Herald file

We've already had a preseason warmup with May's Subtropical Storm Alberto that soaked the Florida Panhandle. And memories of September's Hurricane Irma are as fresh as the sight of storm debris that still clogs many canals in the Keys.

But that doesn't mean we're all really ready for hurricane season despite being three weeks into it.

With that in mind, Westland Mall, 1675 W 49th St. in Hialeah, hosts a four-hour Storm Safety 101 event starting at noon Saturday in the mall's center court.

You even have a chance to walk away the winner of a hurricane supply package that includes various items to help you be prepared.

Representatives from a variety of emergency-management organizations, along with the American Red Cross, Miami-Dade law enforcement and fire rescue, will provide information on storm planning and safety.

Topics include: surviving flood zones and storm surges, planning evacuation routes and locating shelter, medical preparation, generator use and safety tips, and pet safety and planning.

Workshops on preparing a family emergency plan and developing a comprehensive supply list will also be presented.

Information: www.shoppingwestlandmall.com.

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