Make Safety Your First Priority
Flooding and storm surge is a major threat during tropical storms and hurricanes. The excessive rain from storms can cause flooding in many Florida counties, along with widespread power outages. The tips below can help you and your family or business stay safe during and after a storm.
- Turn Around, Don’t Drown. If you see a flooded roadway, turn around and take another route. Take your time when traveling.
- Avoid Standing Water. Avoid contact with flood waters, especially if you have open cuts.
- Wash Your Hands. Stay as clean as possible by washing your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfected.
- Don’t Wait to Evacuate. Follow instructions from local officials by staying tuned to local media for evacuation or sheltering and take action immediately.
- Use flashlights, not candles. Ensure your family has enough flashlights and batteries in the case of a power outage. Candles create a fire hazard and should be avoided.
- Avoid Downed Power Lines. If you see a downed power line, assume it is live and contact the utility. Do not try to handle it yourself.
- Follow Beach Warning Flags. If you go to the beach, pay attention to the warning flags and do not swim if beaches are closed. Tropical storms and hurricanes increase the risk of dangerous rip currents.
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