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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 go outside. 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 the Public Works and Waste Management webpage 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.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them to FPL.
- Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors. See more tips on generator safety.
- Do not drive or walk through standing water. It may be much deeper than you realize and there may be hidden hazards.
- 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.
- If you live in an area where residential and commercial uses, particularly plant nurseries, are colocated, do not commingle commercial and residential debris in a single pile; keep them separate.
- If you live on a property that is not adjacent to a public road right-of-way, do not move debris to the nearest right-of-way until instructed to do so by the County.
- Contact your insurance agent. Take pictures of damage. Keep good records of repair and cleaning costs.
- If you live in a gated community, do not remove debris from your property to a staging site within the community or to a public road right-of-way adjacent to the community until instructed to do so by the County.
- 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 is spoiled.
- If you want to support relief efforts being done in other affected areas, monetary donations to established voluntary organizations (such as the American Red Cross) is the primary way to help.
As a result of rainy, wet conditions following a hurricane, you may see an increase in mosquitoes. Take the following precautions to reduce mosquito breeding:
- Check and empty standing water in children’s toys, untreated swimming pools, uncovered boats and watercraft that are not draining water, as well as from trash cans and lids.
- Repair screening on windows, doors, porches and patios.
- Avoid being outdoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are more likely to bite.
- Dress in light, long and loose clothing that covers the skin.
- Use insect repellents containing DEET.
Following a hurricane or storm, if area flooding is affecting the interior of your property, contact the County’s Flood Complaint hotline at 305-372-6466 to report it. If the flooding is affecting the roadway only, call 3-1-1.
Downed Traffic Signs, Signals and Street Lights
Residents are encouraged to call 3-1-1 to report any traffic signs, traffic signals or street lights that have been physically damaged following a hurricane.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Wed Jun 24, 2015 1:42:32 PM
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