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FDOH-LAKE Encourages Floridians to Be Prepared Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole's Landfall

By Noelda Lopez

November 09, 2022

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

FDOH-LAKE Encourages Floridians to Be Prepared Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole's Landfall

 

Contact:
Noelda Lopez, Public Information Specialist
Noelda.Lopez@flhealth.gov
Office: 352-589-6424, After Hours: 352-729-1754

Lake County, Fla. — In response to Tropical Storm Nicole, the Florida Department of Health in Lake County (DOH-Lake) is working to support local and state response efforts to protect public health during severe weather conditions.

  • Severe weather can impact your access to local utility services and potable water. Know when water is safe to consumer your water by viewing statewide boil water notices.
  • Gather any supplies you may need to keep your loved ones safe healthy before and after the storm. Have enough prescriptions on-hand in case pharmacies experience closures.
  • Listen to local authorities regarding evacuations. Don’t return home until local officials notify you it’s safe to do so.
  • Never wade or drive through flooded areas and standing water. Turn around, don’t drown.
  • If you have any open wounds, regardless of exposure to floodwaters, clean all wounds with soap, disinfectant, or bottled water. If you sustain a wound or deep cut, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Ask your doctor if you need a tetanus booster.
  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Place your generator and any gasoline-powered engine outside at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.

The time may arise when you may need to evacuate your home to go to a safe location. In certain situations, it may be safest for you to evacuate to a shelter. Additionally, if you or a loved one is in need of special care throughout the duration of the storm and its effects, please visit FloridaDisaster.org to find a shelter near you.

If you do evacuate to a shelter, your kit should include:

  • List of medications and dosage.
  • 30-day supply of medications.
  • Vital medical equipment for those who may be electrically or oxygen dependent.
  • Backup energy sources for essential medical equipment.
  • Any special dietary needs or food.
  • Personal information including a photo ID, insurance card, emergency contacts, and your primary care provider’s contact information.

DOH-Lake encourages Floridians to cooperate with local and state officials and to remember that adequate preparedness is the best way to help mitigate negative effects of a storm. Visit your local county emergency management for specific information.

 

About the Florida Department of Health

The Department, nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts.

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