As Hurricane Matthew approaches the East Coast of Central Florida, having a plan for you and your family has never been more important. Staying in place until the worst of the storm passes and the city states it is safe to venture outside is crucial. Below are a few resources that can help you throughout the process of the storm.
Losing power is inevitable, so watching the news and weather won’t be as easy. However if you have a battery operated radio, local news stations have teamed up with radio stations to continue their broadcast and keep the public updated with weather conditions.
Local Radio Stations:
- WDBO 96.5 FM
- XL 106.7 FM
- WJRR 101.1 FM
- RUMBA 100.3 FM
- MAGIC 107.7 FM
- Real Radio 104.1 FM
Emergency Management Numbers:
- Get Text Updates from Florida Emergency Management:
Text “FLPREPARES” to 888777
- Orange County: 407-836-9140
- Brevard: 321-637-6670
- Lake: 352-343-9420
- Osceola: 407-343-7000
- Seminole: 407-665-5121
- Volusia: 386-254-1500
- Florida Department of Transportation: 850-414-4595
- Florida Power & Light (FPL)
- Duke Energy
- Kissimmee Utility Authority
- Orlando Utilities (OUC)
- Sprint United Telephone
611 or 1-800-788-3600
- Peoples Gas
- Florida Water Services
- Bright House Networks
Orange, Seminole (407) 291-2500
Sanford (407) 645-4701
Kissimmee, St. Cloud (407) 291-2500
West Volusia (386)775-7300
Brevard (321) 254-3300
Ormond Beach, Holly Hill (386)677-1232
Titusville (321) 631-3707
New Smyrna Beach (386) 775-4444
Flagler (386) 439- 3715
Marion, Sumter (352)-245-2408
Polk (863) 965-7766
After Hurricane Matthew:
Obey curfews and don’t go out until authorities have declared the area safe.
Notify your power company about downed power lines as soon as possible and avoid them. Do not attempt to move or repair power lines.
Do not drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the area. If a power line falls across your vehicle while driving, continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not turn off the ignition. Stay in your car, unless it is on fire, and wait for emergency personnel. Do not allow anyone other than emergency personnel to approach the vehicle.
If you evacuated and are returning to your home after the storm, make sure the main electrical switch to your home is off before entering the structure.
Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches.
Wear proper clothing, including shirts with long sleeves, long pants, and safety shoes or boots, when cleaning up after a storm.
Familiarize yourself with proper safety procedures before operating a gas-powered or electric chainsaw.
Wear safety glasses and/or face shield and gloves when operating power equipment.
Never use a chain-saw overhead or in the vicinity of power lines..