We have a great deal of respect for Mother Nature, as it applies to conservation, restoration and natural disasters.
With Hurricane Matthew looming just outside of Florida, we’d like to offer you a few tips on how to get through the storm and the potential aftermath.
- Water – Have enough bottles or gallons of water to last you and your household (including pets) for three days. Make sure you buy an extra gallon or two for quick (cold) showers.
- Non-perishable, high-energy foods – Peanut butter, crackers, nuts, raisons, tuna and Vienna sausages will help keep you feeling full and energized while you wait out the storm. Chips, cookies and boxed sweets will provide a little comfort.
- Toilet paper, paper towels, sponges, soap, shampoos and other toiletries – When prepping for a storm, it’s important to plan for worst-case scenarios, this includes a shortage of supplies, at home and in stores.
- Wet wipes – Hurricanes are often accompanied with a power outages and dirty water for an indefinite period of time. In times such as these, wet wipes come in handy for personal hygiene.
- Flashlights, batteries and candles – With shutters blocking natural sunlight and no power during the evening, you’ll need flashlights and candles to get you through the days. Be sure to place your candles in a safe place and out of reach of children.
- Board games and puzzles – Without electricity, you’ll be stripped of all technologies that entertain you and the kids. Board games and puzzles are a great way to pass the time, during the storm and after.
- Fill up on gas/Charge your car – As you may have heard, there’s often a gas shortage after a hurricane. Be sure to fill up your tank. And if you drive an electrical car, make sure to charge it.
- Charcoal, lighter fluid and/or propane – You’ll need these for grilling, which you’ll find yourself doing plenty of if power isn’t restored quickly. If you own a generator, make sure to fill up on at least two weeks’ worth of propane.
- Portable grills – Make sure to move your grills inside, or invest in a portable grill or camp stove. Again, you might find yourself grilling for a few days following the hurricane.
- First-aid kit and medicine – For good measure, it’s important to prep for any ailments or minor injuries. During the aftermath, your kids will be spending plenty of time outdoors, which can often lead to minor cuts and bruises.
Below, please find some important numbers to keep handy during this time.
DURING THE EMERGENCY
Broward County Hurricane Hotline: (954) 831-4000
Miami-Dade Citizen Line: 311
Broward County Emergency Management Division: (954) 831-3900
• Special Needs Registry: (954) 537-2888
• Hurricane Hotline during a storm: (954) 831-4000
Miami-Dade County Office of Emergency Management: (305) 468-5400
• Emergency Evacuation Assistance: (305) 513-7700
• TDD number (305) 468-5402
• (To register if you have special needs)
Miami-Dade County Answer Center:
• 311 (English and Spanish)
• TDD number (305) 468-5402
Monroe County Office of Emergency Management: (305) 289-6018
• Special Needs Registry: (305) 292-4591
• Emergency Information: 1-800-955-5504
Palm Beach County Division of Emergency Management: (561) 712-6400
OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS
American Red Cross
Broward: (954) 797-3800
Miami-Dade: (305) 644-1200
Upper Keys: (305) 852-9612
Lower Keys: (305) 296-4033
Palm Beach County: (561) 833-7711
Cooperative Extension Service (for questions about saving trees after a storm)
Miami-Dade: (305) 248-3311
The Keys: (305) 292-4501
BellSouth Repair: 1-866-620-6900
To Report Electric Trouble
Call 1-800-4OUTAGE (1-800-468-8243) to report an outage or a downed power line that is sparking or appears to be energized. Have your FPL account number for faster service.
Florida Keys Electric Cooperative
Tavernier: (305) 852-2431
Marathon: (305) 743-5344
Keys Energy Services
South of Marathon to Key West: (305) 295-1010
To find out if a contractor is licensed
Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation: (850) 487-1395
Miami-Dade: (305) 468-5790
Broward: (954) 765-5108
Florida Department of Financial Services (Insurance): (800) 342-2762
State Farm: (800) 732-5246
Allstate: (800) 547-8676
Nationwide: (800) 421-3535
National Flood Insurance: (800) 638-6620