Hurricane Irma caused much damage throughout the Suncoast area. Our hearts go out to all of the families in our communities and throughout Florida as life transitions back to normal in the wake of the storm. Although the storm has passed, it is important to continue to stay safe and aware of your surroundings. If you are returning to your Suncoast home in order to inspect for damage, remain cautious and follow these recommendations:

 

  • Avoid any objects or trees touching power lines.

  • Stay far away from puddles that are close to electrical sources.

  • Wait until you get word from city officials to drink tap water and make sure that the sewage system is running properly.

  • If anything in your home is wet, turn off the main fuse box before unplugging appliances.

  • Check your refrigerator for spoiled food, if your home has power.

  • Do not place any storm debris in the street or by utility meters and storm drains.

  • Be careful when handling anything that runs on electricity or gas.

  • Take photos of any damage inside or outside of your home.

  • Drive with caution throughout your neighborhood and city.

  • Continue to listen to the radio or check with local authorities for any updates on disaster relief efforts.

  • Let your family know that you are safe.



Resource: Sarasota Herald-Tribune