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It’s Hurricane Season Again
Where did the time go? We are back in Hurricane Season. We all hope that we do not get any storms that come our way. However, it is only a matter of time before we get hit again. We all remember Tropical Storm Debby, but do you remember that Tropical Storm Andrea brought 1.5 to 4 inches of rainfall with isolated higher amounts between June 6 and 7, 2013. We all need to be preparing for the next one.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast. This year NOAA officials expect about eight to thirteen named tropical storms and three to six hurricanes, with just one or two that may be major - winds over 110 MPH. The seasonal average is around 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes.
The National Hurricane Center advises preparedness:
A hurricane watch indicates the possibility that a region could experience hurricane conditions within 48 hours.
A hurricane warning indicates that sustained winds of at least 74 MPH are expected within 36 hours.
Everyone needs to keep themselves healthy by eating right, exercising, keeping their immunizations current, and having routine periodic physicals. Everyone also needs to have a family disaster plan. One of the easiest is an online version at www.floridadisaster.org . You can create your plan, save it online, and go back and update it as things change.
Create a family disaster supply kit with food items that will not spoil, water (rotated every six months), flashlights with batteries, weather radio, an "old" telephone that doesn’t need electricity or batteries to operate, manual can opener, important documents, medication, and emergency money (ATMs and banks may not work or be closed) etc. It is also important to keep your vehicle maintained and your fuel tank filled to at least 50 percent with fuel. If an event is expected, keep your vehicle as close to 100 percent as possible.
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Health Department Press Releases
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 09, 2014
Contact: Michael Mitchell (386) 294-1321
Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County Warns of Health Risks After a Flood
Do not allow children to play in floodwaters
Practice mosquito prevention with "Drain and Cover"
Mayo – The Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County encourages residents and visitors in the Mayo area to use caution as flooding and standing water form as a result of the large amount of rain received during recent storms.
"We urge residents and visitors in affected areas to protect themselves and their families from potential health risks presented by floodwaters," said FDOH-Lafayette Environmental Supervisor Michael Mitchell. "As we continue to respond to the storms’ impact, life safety is our first and foremost concern and everyone should continue to heed instructions from local officials."
Contaminated flood waters may cause illness. Do not wade through standing water. If you have open cuts or sores exposed to the floodwater, practice basic hygiene and keep them as clean as possible by washing with soap and disinfected or boiled water. Do not allow children to play in floodwaters or with toys that have been in floodwaters until the toys have been disinfected. Avoid eating or drinking anything that has been contaminated with flood waters.
In addition, heavy rains and flooding can lead to an increase in mosquitoes. Prevent mosquitoes by practicing "Drain and Cover":
- Drain standing water
- Cover your skin with clothing and repellent
- Cover doors and windows with screens
For additional tips on how to keep your family healthy and safe from floodwaters, see the attached Flood Information Sheet.
For more information on how you can keep your family healthy and safe, please contact the Florida Department of Health in Lafayette County at 386-294-1321 or visit http://www.floridahealth.gov/chdLafayette/index.html.
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