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Safety Tips for Hurricanes and Tropical Storms


While government officials urge Floridians to make preparations for hurricane season early, it is easy to get lulled into a false sense of complacency by the end of the summer. The fact is that the Atlantic hurricane season does not end until the month of November, and it is between the months of August and October that some of the biggest storms have hit the coast.

In addition to the dangers posed by these storms themselves, driving along evacuation routes and during heavy winds, rain, and fog significantly increase your risks for car accidents and injuries. Taking the time now to review your emergency plans and to brush up on some simple driving safety tips can go a long way towards ensuring you and your loved ones’ safety.

Preparing Yourself For Hurricanes and Tropical Storms is a valuable resource for storm planning and information. It offers the latest updates on expected storms in our area, and valuable information on storm surges and evacuation routes in St. Lucie County and through the area.

If you have not already done so, take the time now to familiarize yourself with the route you should take if an evacuation is ordered, and assemble a hurricane emergency supply kit to keep in your home. This should include the following:

  • One gallon of water a day to last for a total of four days for each person in your home;
  • Dried foods and canned goods, along with a manual can opener;
  • Flashlights and lantern, with extra batteries;
  • First aid kit, including any medicines or prescriptions you take;
  • Soap and hand sanitizer;
  • Battery operated radio;
  • Pet supplies;
  • Whistle or fog horn;
  • A heavy tarp or garbage bags;
  • Important documents, along with credit cards and a supply of cash.

Driving During Bad Weather

If you are ordered to evacuate, you should do so as soon as possible to avoid heavy traffic tie ups. If you do remain at home, try to avoid driving as much as possible, particularly during the worst parts of the storm and immediately after. If you must go out, follow these tips for driving during severe weather from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV):

  • Turn your headlights and wipers on: Take the time now to make sure all head, tail, and brake lights are in good working order.
  • Go slow, and keep your distance: Avoid tailgating other drivers, and drive below the speed limit to avoid hydroplaning.
  • Avoid flooded areas: Even if flooding seems mild, water on the road is generally deeper than it appears and it takes only a foot or so to sweep your car away.
  • Use caution on bridges: Winds are likely to be more forceful, which can have major impacts on buses and trucks.

At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, protecting the health and wellbeing of you and your loved ones is our top concern. If you are involved in an accident, contact our Fort Pierce personal injury lawyer and request a free consultation to see how we can help.


The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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