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DOH-Martin Encourages Floridians to be Prepared Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole's Landfall

By Renay Rouse

November 09, 2022

In response to Tropical Storm Nicole, the Florida Department of Health in Martin County (DOH-Martin) is working to support local and state response efforts to protect public health during severe weather conditions.

To ensure Floridians are prepared for Tropical Storm Nicole, DOH-Martin is reminding communities of the following:

  • Severe weather can impact your access to local utility services and potable water. Know when your water is safe to consume by viewing statewide boil water notices.

  • Gather any supplies you may need to keep your loved ones safe and healthy before and after the storm. Have enough prescriptions on-hand in case pharmacies experience closures.

  • Listen to local authorities regarding evacuations. Don’t return home until local officials notify you it’s safe to do so.

  • Never wade or drive through flooded areas and standing water. Turn around, don’t drown. Beware of downed powerlines, electrocution is possible.

  • If you have any open wounds, regardless of exposure to floodwaters, clean all wounds with soap, disinfectant, or bottled water. If you sustain a wound or deep cut, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Ask your doctor if you need a tetanus booster.

  • Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Place your generator and any gasoline-powered engine outside at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.

DOH-Martin encourages Floridians to cooperate with local and state officials and to remember that adequate preparedness is the best way to help mitigate negative effects of a storm. 

For community information visit: https://www.martin.fl.us/Hurricane or call the Community Information Line: 772-287-1652.