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After a Hurricane

Many disaster-related injuries occur in the aftermath of a hurricane. Here are some steps to protect you and your family.

  • Remain inside until local authorities say it is safe to leave. If you must go outside, watch for fallen objects and downed electrical wires.
  • Continue to monitor the radio or TV for advice and/or instructions from local government. Call 3-1-1 or visit for information on waste collection services and hurricane debris pickups. 
  • Inspect your home for damage, assuring that it’s safe to stay there. Check for gas leaks, if applicable.
  • Stay out of areas of heavy storm impact; do not sightsee.
  • Obey all curfew and emergency orders when issued.
  • Do not drive or walk through standing water. It may be much deeper than you realize and there may be hidden hazards. 
  • Stay away from downed power lines and report them to FPL.
  • Place piles of debris on the right-of-way, away from fences, mailboxes, drains, power lines and low-hanging wires. Do not place debris in vacant lots or in front of commercial properties, nurseries or farmland.
  • Be patient and careful. Cleanup after a storm can take time.
  • Report lost or damaged garbage or recycling carts for replacement by calling 3-1-1.
  • Discard any refrigerated food that you suspect has spoiled.
  • Contact your insurance agent. Take pictures of damage. Keep good records of repair and cleaning costs.
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