During hurricane season, preparation is the key. The following planning, safety tips and information will help you better deal with the situation.
Please take the time to acquaint yourself with the following safety and preparation measures you and your family should take in the event of an actual storm or emergency. Florida Public Utilities recommends the following procedures and precautions.
In the plan you should decide:
- When should the family evacuate?
- Where should we go and how will we get there? Make sure you include alternative locations and routes in your plan.
- Will we use emergency shelters located in or near our area?
- If we require electricity for medical reasons, where can we go if the electricity is out for an extended period of time?
- What will we do with other automobiles, boats, recreational vehicles, etc.?
- What valuables, important papers, and family keepsakes should we take?
- Which family member will we notify and how will we be making contact after the hurricane passes?
- What will we do with family pets?
- What will be done prior to the storm to protect our property and who will do this?
- THE RED CROSS SUGGESTS YOU HAVE WATER AND NON-PERISHABLE FOOD FOR AT LEAST 2 WEEKS.
In Fernandina Beach, Florida, Public Utilities is evacuated in the event of a hurricane, therefore, telephone calls will not be received until after the storm. After the storm has passed, call us immediately at (904)261-3663 to report a power outage or downed power line.
Other ways to prepare…
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings the day before the storm to keep foods fresh in the event of a power outage.
- Remember, when power goes out your electric garage door will not open. If you evacuate your home, be sure to have4 a door key so you can reenter.
- Turn off or unplug any unnecessary electrical equipment, especially sensitive electronics such as computers.
- Check that emergency equipment such as flashlights, battery operated radios and backup generators are in working order.