If You Must Evacuate
Most importantly, evacuate immediately if told to do so. If you live in a mobile home, evacuate at the first notice of the emergency. Anyone living in a low-lying locate which may be swept over by high tides or storm surges, should go to a pre-arranged safe location or travel completely outside the threatened area.
Plan to leave early to avoid any traffic delays. As winds become more forceful, they will make vehicles harder to control, as well as filling roads with debris. Pavement may become undermined and collapse under the weight of a car. Have a plan on how you can contact your neighbors and family if you have to leave your home. If possible, before you evacuate, inform each other of places where you will be staying, contact phone numbers and addresses.
If you are severely injured, or in imminent threat of danger, call 911 for assistance.
Monitor www.stlucieco.gov/eoc, radio, and television for current information. The media will work closely with emergency officials to ensure the most up-to-date information is available. Do not return to your home or business until instructed to do so.
- Drinking water (2 gallons per person per day)
- ID, valuable papers (insurance, medical records, Social Security cards, birth certificates)
- Non-perishable packaged or canned food/jices
- Personal hygiene items
- Utensils (manual can opener, disposable plates)
- Books, magazines, cards, toys, games
- Battery operated radio
- Flashlight or lantern
- Blanket, sheet, pillow
- First aid kit
- Extra batteries
- Change of clothes
- Tools (keep a set with you during the storm)
- Vehicle fuel tanks filled
- Pet items (ample supply of food, water, carrier, muzzle and leash
A flood can be devastating, but it is crucial to begin the recovery process right away.
- Call you flood insurance company
- An adjuster will be assigned to your case
- Gather any photos, receipts and itemized list you made prior to the flood
- Take photos of water and damaged property in the house
- If you have to dispose of damaged items prior to the adjuster's visit, keep swatches of carpets or fabrics