As Hurricane Idalia approaches the Florida coastline, our commitment at Florida Anchor and Barrier LLC remains unwavering. We understand the challenges that come with the unpredictable nature of these storms, and we want to assure everyone that we are here to serve and support you both before and after Idalia passes.
FOLLOW HURRICANE UPDATES AND EMERGENCY HELP HERE: Florida Division of Emergency Management
Before Hurricane Idalia Strikes:
- Stay Informed: Regularly monitor local news channels, radio, and the National Hurricane Center for updates.
- Create an Emergency Kit: Stock up on essentials including water (at least 1 gallon per person per day for at least 3 days), non-perishable food items, a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, cash, local maps, and a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio.
- Secure Important Documents: Keep passports, insurance papers, birth certificates, and other vital documents in a water-proof container.
- Protect Your Home: Install storm shutters or board up windows using plywood. Secure loose outdoor items, and ensure rain gutters and downspouts are cleared of debris.
- Evacuate if Ordered: Follow local evacuation orders promptly. Know the local hurricane evacuation routes and have a plan for where to stay.
- Charge Your Devices: Ensure that your mobile phones, radios, and any other electronic devices are fully charged.
- Turn Off Propane Tanks: This prevents potential leaks or fire hazards during the storm.
- Store Drinking Water: Fill your bathtub and other large containers with water for washing, flushing toilets, and cleaning.
After Hurricane Idalia Passes:
- Stay Informed: Continue to monitor local news for updates on conditions, road closures, and safety guidelines.
- Avoid Floodwaters: Floodwater can contain harmful bacteria and can be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Inspect Your Home for Damage: Check for gas leaks, structural damage, and broken windows or doors. If you smell gas or hear hissing, evacuate immediately and contact the gas company.
- Document Damages: Take photos of any damage to your property for insurance purposes.
- Stay Out of Buildings with Water Damage: They may be unsafe due to potential collapses.
- Check on Neighbors: Ensure they’re safe, especially if they are elderly, have young children, or have special needs.
- Stay Off Roads: This allows emergency workers to clear debris and access areas where they’re needed most.
For emergency response in Florida both before and after Hurricane Idalia, please use the following contact details:
- Emergency Services: Dial 911
- Florida Division of Emergency Management
- Local County Emergency Management: Refer to your specific county’s emergency management website or hotline.
Remember, Florida Anchor and Barrier LLC is with you every step of the way. We’re more than just a service provider; we’re your neighbors, friends, and fellow Floridians. Our collective strength will carry us through Hurricane Idalia and its aftermath.