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Disaster Preparedness & Recovery

Preparedness: Before the Storm

Recovery: After the Storm

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Caring for Damaged Trees & Plants

Young trees, small trees, trees with a good framework and least damaged trees are most worth salvaging. Tilted trees are in no immediate danger, but should be repaired as soon as possible. A tree’s age will largely determine its ability to recover from damage. A young, vigorous tree will be more likely to survive than …

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Chain Saw Safety

The chain saws used to clear debris after hurricanes frequently cause serious injuries. To avoid harm, follow these simple directions: ALWAYS keep both hands on the chain saw handles. Cut below your head. Never cut over your head. Cut with the lower edge of the saw blade whenever possible. Cutting with the tip of the …

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Coping with Stress

Helping Your Child Children are often easily frightened by storms or floods. Sometimes their fears – both real and imaginary – can be misunderstood by their parents. Here are some things you can do to reassure your children and make them feel safe: Try to stay together as a family group. Don’t leave your children …

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Food Safety During Power Outages

General Info For your personal safety, make sure your frozen or refrigerated food supply remains cold. When your power is off, try to keep your refrigerator and freezer doors closed. If possible, wrap foods in newspapers or blankets and bring them to a freezer locker facility. If this isn’t possible, leave the food in your …

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General Preparation

Preparing for a hurricane requires a little thought and common sense. What do you need to live without electricity for a few days?  If windows blow out, the roof is lost and the wind blows things around what important or valuable items may be lost or destroyed? What can you do to avoid these loses? The …

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General Preparation

Preparing for a hurricane requires a little thought and common sense. What do you need to live without electricity for a few days?  If windows blow out, the roof is lost and the wind blows things around what important or valuable items may be lost or destroyed? What can you do to avoid these loses? The …

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Important State & Local Phone Numbers

Keep these phone numbers handy for easy reference. Report Price Gouging Florida Attorney General (800) 646-0444 Florida Dept. Agriculture and Consumer Services (800) HELP FLA (800) 435-7352 Report Scams Florida Attorney General (800) 646-0444 Florida Dept. Agriculture and Consumer Services (800) HELP FLA (800) 435-7352 Dept. Financial Services (800) 227-8676 Check on Building Contractor & …

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Mildew Removal

General Info Mildew is mold that can attack cellulose and lignin. It can ruin paper, cellulose fabrics, wood, paint, glue and leather. The mildew secretes an enzyme that decomposes organic matter and uses it for growth and reproduction. It is unsightly, produces an unpleasant odor and often acts as an allergen which can create health …

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Repairs & Insurance: Avoiding Scams

Repair Information From Mary Harrison, University of Florida Professor of Consumer Education: Florida law requires those conducting home repairs to be licensed in the state of Florida. Some repair workers have come into the state from other locations to help clean up after the two previous hurricanes. Homeowners are cautioned to employ only those that are licensed …

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Returning Home After a Hurricane

Be careful when you first return home after a disaster. Make sure your family is safe by following these simple steps: Inspect your home from the outside to see whether it is safe to enter. Before you go inside, make sure that all electricity and gas are turned off. Tturn off the main switch and …

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