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8 Sep 2017

Prioritizing The Safety Of All Floridians During Hurricane Irma

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Today, on CNN, the Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, explained that there are life-threatening implications of Hurricane Irma. Described as “powerful” and “deadly”, Hurricane Irma has already wreaked havoc in the Caribbean. Governor Scott urged all Floridians to think about their families and not their personal possessions as the state prepares for Irma’s arrival.

He also asked business owners to be compassionate towards their employees and to consider their safety before their jobs. In many parts of our great state, evacuations have been called for.

“I cannot stress this enough, do not ignore any evacuation orders,” Governor Scott insisted on CNN today, stressing that his sole focus is on the safety of all Floridians, “Evacuations are not convenient, but the goal is for (people) to be safe”. At present, Hurricane Irma is a Category 4 storm. Winds are being clocked at 150 miles per hour.

“It is a catastrophic storm the likes of which our state has never seen,” warns Governor Scott, insisting that Floridians who have been asked to evacuate their homes do so immediately. It is much more likely that lives can be saved if they are not in the path of Hurricane Irma when it arrives. He warns that the storm is wider than the entire state.

On CNN.com, Joe Sterling and Ralph Ellis report that mandatory evacuation orders cover parts of Miami-Dade County, Broward County east of US 1, Palm Beach County, low-lying parts of Brevard County, coastal and low-lying areas of Jacksonville and Duval County, and Monroe County, home to the Florida Keys.

According to CNN, everyone in Florida is bound to feel the force of Hurricane Irma in some way. Earlier this week, Jenny Staletovich of the Miami Herald warned that if 40 inches of rain dropped on South Florida – a likely scenario – it would cause widespread flooding.

The team, here at Stellar Signs & Graphics would like to echo the sentiments of Governor Scott and urge all Floridians to adhere to evacuation orders and do all they can to stay safe.

We would also like to offer some important phone numbers for all South Floridians:

Emergency: 911
Public Safety: 561-712-6400
TDD (Hearing Impaired): 561-712-6343
Senior Helpline: 211
Animal Care & Control: 561-233-1200
American Red Cross: 561-833-7711
Code Enforcement: 561-233-5500
Consumer Affairs: 561-712-6600
Consumer Assistance: 800-227-8676
Contractor Certification: 561-233-5525
Engineering & Public Works: 561-684-4000
FEMA: 800-621-3362
Fire Rescue: 561-712-6550
Insurance Commissioner: 561-681-6392
FPL Power Outages: 561-697-8000
Health Department: 561-840-4500
Palm Tran: 561-841-4200
Palm Tran Connection: 561-649-9838
Parks and Recreation: 561-966-6600
Price Gouging Hotline: 866-966-7226
Public Affairs Department: 561-355-2754
Roads, Drainage, Traffic: 561-684-4018
Salvation Army: 561-686-3530
Sheriff (PBSO): 561-688-3000
Solid Waste Authority: 561-640-4000
Traffic Signal Repair: 561-683-6885
United Way: 561-375-6600
PBC Water Utilities: 561-493-6000
Emergency Repairs 24 hrs: 561-740-4600

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This post was written by Bonnita Calhoun

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