Hurricane Irma Emergency Phones / Info

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Health Risks After a Flood 

 
Utilities:
  • Duke Customers: To report outages you can text OUT to 57801 (standard text and data charges may apply. You can also call the automated outage-reporting system at 800.228.8485 
  • Florida Power & Light:  Customer service 800-468-8243 to report outages and downed power lines. 
  • Teco Customers: To report outages you can text OUT to 35069. You can also call 1-877-588-1010.
General Assistance:
  • Emergency referral line: 211
  • Elder Affairs: 800-963-5337
  • FEMA Registration: 800-621-3362 | 800-462-7585: disaster survivors who want to apply for assistance related to a federally declared disaster.  It includes a link to complete an application for FEMA assistance, a list of items you need when you apply for FEMA assistance, and the phone number for FEMA if you cannot complete an application online. 
  • Florida Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services: 800-435-7352   
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  • Florida Emergency Information: 1-800-342-3557 
  • Florida Insurance Claim Hotline: 1-800-277-8676 
  • Unemployment Claims Emergency Hotline: 1-800-204-2418
  • For more information, contact your county health department or visit www.floridahealth.gov 
  • Also, visit the following websites for other state and federal information on emergency and disaster planning: www.redcross.org,
  •  www.ready.gov 
U.S. Coast Guard:
  • Sector San Juan Command Center: (787) 289-2041
  • Sector Miami Command Center: (305) 535-4477
  • Sector St.Petersburg Command Center: (305) 535-4477
  • Sector Jacksonville Command Center: (904) 714-7500
Insurance Hotline:
  • State Farm: 800-732-5246
  • Allstate: 800-547-8676
  • Citizens: 866-411-2742
  • Nationwide: 800-421-3535
  • USAA (Military): 800-531-8222
Food & Safety Guidelines:
  • Do not eat any food that may have come into contact with contaminated water from floods or tidal surges. 
  • Commercially prepared cans of food should not be eaten if there is a bulging or opening on the can or screw caps, soda bottle tops or twist-caps. 
  • Undamaged, commercially canned foods can be saved if labels are removed and cans are disinfected in a bleach solution. Use 1/4 cup of bleach in 1 gallon of water; re-label the cans.
Sanitation: 
  • Basic hygiene is very important during this emergency period. Always wash your hands with soap and water. Use only water that has been boiled or disinfected for washing hands before eating, after toilet use, after helping in cleanup activities and after handling items contaminated by floodwater or sewage. 
  • Flood water may contain fecal matter from sewage systems, agricultural and industrial waste and septic tanks. If you have open cuts or sores exposed to the floodwater, keep them as clean as possible by washing them with soap and disinfected or boiled water. 
Preventing Fire Hazards: 
  • Using battery-powered lanterns and flashlights is preferred
  • NEVER use candles. 
Post Flood Clean Up:
  • Chainsaws should only be operated in safe conditions (not in water soaked areas) and by people who are experienced in proper use.      
  • Clean up debris carefully to avoid injury and contamination.
  • Lift heavy debris by bending knees and using legs to help lift.
  • Wear shoes to avoid injury to the feet from glass, nails or other sharp objects