STARTS JUNE 1ST
As Florida prepares for another hurricane season, the City of Leesburg reminds you to stay safe and be prepared. If a storm does hit our area, stay away from downed power lines - do not touch them. Electric crews will be working diligently to restore power as quickly as possible.
Follow these safety tips to protect your family and your home:
- If your power goes out, unplug appliances and electronics to prevent power surges when electricity is restored. (City of Leesburg Electric Outage Reporting Line: 1-833-223-1313)
- If you have a portable generator, set it up outside in a well-ventilated area, and plug individual appliances directly into the generator. Operating a portable generator inside your home or garage can cause suffocation. Plugging a generator directly into a home’s main electrical system can create an electrocution hazard for utility workers.
- If your home experiences water leaks or flooding, shut off the power to your home until a licensed electrician can inspect the electrical wiring.
- If you smell natural gas, evacuate the building immediately and call the gas company’s emergency number (City of Leesburg Gas Department: 352-728-9840)
- Carry proper identification with you in case you need to enter identification checkpoints to access your home or neighborhood.
- Have an evacuation plan and know special needs shelter locations. Utilities typically cannot respond to customers with special needs during or immediately after a storm. If you or someone you know has special electrical medical equipment needs, notify the electric utility prior to the storm’s arrival.
- To determine a hurricane evacuation route, visit : www.FloridaDisaster.org
- Collect water in your water heater by turning off power to the unit and closing the water valve. If you lose water pressure, about 40 gallons of fresh water will be stored in the tank. Fill bathtubs and washing machine with water to clean with and to operate toilets.
- Clear the patio and yard of lawn furniture, toys and other items that could blow away and cause damage or injury.
- Locate shut-off valves and locations for gas, water and electricity in the event you need to turn them off.
- Create a hurricane survival kit.
- Make sure your vehicles gas tanks are full .
HURRICANE SURVIVAL KIT CHECKLISTS
Everyone should have:
|Drinking Water (at least one gallon per person for at least 3 days plus extra 1/2 gallon per day for pets)|
|First Aid Supplies|
|Prescriptions & OTC Medicines (refill if necessary)|
|Battery Powered Radio / Weather Radio|
|Manual Can Opener|
|Paper Cups, Plates & Plastic Utensils|
|Charcoal or Gas Grill with Plenty of Fuel|
|Wooden Kitchen Matches|
|Toiletries - Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Soap, hand Sanitizer, Contacts & Solution, Feminine Products and Toilet paper|
|Blankets or Sleeping Bags|
|Cell Phone Charger/Portable Battery/Power Bank|
|Change of clothing, rain gear and sturdy shoes for each family member|
|List of Important Phone Numbers|
|Personal ID and Family ID Photos (including pets)|
For Children and Pets:
|Baby Food and Formula|
|Books, Puzzles, Games/Activities|
|Pet Food (2 week supply) and Water (1/2 gallon per day)|
|Litter Box & Supplies|
|Travel Crate & Bedding|
Food Items (Minimum 3-Day Supply for Each Person):
|Drinking Water (1 gallon per person per day)|
|Peanut Butter & Jelly|
|Ready-to-Eat Canned Soup, Canned Meat, Milk, Fish, Fruit & Vegetables|
|Bread/Crackers Stored in Water proof Bag or Container|
|Powdered or Single Serve Drinks|
Make two copies and keep the originals of the following documents In a safe-deposit box or waterproof container. Consider storing these on a flash drive or online. Keep one copy on hand and give the second to your contact.
- Wills, Insurance Policies, Contracts, Deeds and Investment Information
- Passports, Social Security Cards, Immunization Records and Medical Information or Emergency Information Forms
- Bank Account Numbers, Credit Card Account Numbers
- List of Valuable Household Goods
- Family Records and Photos (Ex: Birth, Adoption and Marriage Certificates), Current Children's Photos
- Pet Records (Vaccination Records and Medical Information)
- List of Accounts with Log-In Information and Passwords
Be sure to keep your kit items in a warm, dry location. Plastic storage bins are great for keeping everything in one place. If you must evacuate, having your survival kits ready to grab and go will make the process much easier.
Make sure you know your family’s evacuation route in case you must leave your home. Find out the location of the nearest shelter.