DOH-Martin Encourages Floridians to be Prepared Ahead of Tropical Storm Nicole's Landfall
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.
- DOH-Martin has a variety of resources in English, Spanish, and Creole to help residents prepare including boil water notices, carbon monoxide / generator safety, electrical safety, flood water safety, and more.
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.