If you are evacuating, now is the time. Roads are congested and traffic is moving slowly. Please drive carefully and be patient with your fellow travelers.
If you plan to shelter in place, we offer the following tips:
OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
- Secure all loose items such as patio furniture, trash cans, recycle bins, plants, hoses, etc. inside your garage or securely fasten so that they do not blow away, causing damage or injury.
- Do not do any yardwork or place debris of any kind at the curb.
- If you own a swimming pool, turn off all pumps and filters as water from the storm can damage them.
INSIDE YOUR HOME
- Fill all pitchers, reusable containers and empty water bottles/jugs with tap water and place them in the freezer. If you lose power, they will help keep the freezer cold and as they melt, you will have a fresh source of water for drinking or cooking.
- Turn freezer and refrigerator to the lowest setting and keep the door closed. If the power goes out this will help keep food fresh longer.
- Keep cell phones and electronics that have battery back-up plugged in. If you lose power, those items should have maximum battery capacity.
DURING THE STORM
- If you lose power, use flashlights instead of candles or kerosene lamps. Be careful if you cook over flames, a gust of wind could start a fire and the fire department may not be able to respond.
- Stay indoors and clear of doors and windows.
- Unplug major electronics and appliances.
AFTER THE STORM
- If you experience an outage, please call FPUA at 772-466-7703.
- Do not venture out until it is deemed safe by local authorities. Downed power lines, sometimes not directly in view, can still be charged and pose a grave threat.
- If you own a generator, read all instructions carefully and abide by manufacturer’s recommendations. Make sure your generator is in a well-ventilated location. Plug appliances directly into the generator. If you use an auxiliary generator, remember to turn the power off at the main breaker in your home before turning on the generator. Failure to do this could result in backfeed into FPUA lines, endangering restoration crews. Additionally, remember to turn the generator off before turning your house power back on.
- Avoid crews working in the streets. This will keep you and the crew safe as they work to restore your utilities.
- Hurricane Irma Information Hotline: 772-460-HELP (4357)
- Evacuation Zones, Shelters in St. Lucie County and Public Safety Information: www.stlucieco.gov/eoc
- Special Needs Shelter Information and Registration: http://www.stlucieco.gov/departments-services/a-z/public-safety/special-medical-needs-information
- Hurricane Irma Tracking: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/