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Irma Aftermath Safety tips

Hurricane Irma
Aftermath Safety tips

By: Jason Neufeld
Posted in: car accident lawyer

Irma has transformed our streets into swamps and debris. Although the cleanup started earlier than expected, it is still not safe to travel in some areas. It is important that residents of South Florida exercise patience while the streets are cleared from all danger. It is going to take a while before everything goes back to normal.

About 15 million people were without electricity across the state of Florida and there is still 40% who lack electricity. There is a lot of fallen electrical wiring and puddles that drivers and pedestrians should avoid as these conditions may cause a deadly accident. Contact a personal injury attorney if you have been involved in a car accident caused by hurricane Irma aftermath.

Don’t leave us in the dark

Florida Power & Light expects customers in east Florida to have power back by Sunday. However, western Florida may not be as lucky as they were nearer Irma’s path. But they should have it back by Sept. 22, according to FPL. Of course there are areas with a lot of damage, which may have to wait longer than that. Meanwhile, canned food and water become a rare treasure in many supermarket shelves.

Some useful tips

  • Don’t drive in flooded streets.
  • Avoid fallen wires, don’t touch or allow your children touch them.
  • Avoid puddles as they may be in contact with electrical wiring.
  • Don’t cut trees and limbs as some of them are near power lines.
  • When reinstalling your radio or TV make sure power lines are close by.
  • Turn off your lights and appliances until the power is back.
  • If you have a generator, don’t use it inside your home as it may cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
  • Although most major roads should be safe, they are still working on clearing debris from residential areas therefore you should drive carefully when driving.

The impact on wild animals

While many wild animals can sense the storm before it arrives, some of them don’t. If their migration pattern leads them the wrong way, they might end up closer to the storm. Some birds might try to find shelter in trees, which is not very safe during a hurricane. High winds will blow them away and those lucky to survive may not have food and shelter after the storm has passed.

Wild reptiles such as snakes and alligators have already been seeing roaming through neighborhoods. If you see this happening in your area, make sure you call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Department. It is not safe having a hungry reptile wandering in the streets. They may also cause a deadly car accident and cause significant damage to your vehicle.

Seek help?

It seems that storm can sometimes bring out the good in people. Many relief organizations such as The Red Cross, The Salvation Army, World Vision and UNICEF USA are already responding to Irma.

Drive only when necessary and make sure you contact a personal injury attorney after an accident.