Tropical Storm Eta Eyes South Florida for Landfall
Implement Safety Measures Now to Help Minimize Storm’s Impact
With the Florida Panhandle still reeling from the historic flooding caused by Hurricane Sally, the 28th named storm of the hurricane season, Eta, appears to be favoring Florida for landfall as well. Eta is the ninth storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season to rapidly intensify. And while currently retreating from its previous category 4 hurricane ranking, Eta is expected to regain its strength as it moves through the Caribbean striking Cuba Sunday and making landfall in South Florida on Monday.
As devastating flooding continues in Central America, the National Weather Service in Miami is estimating 7-10 inches of rain when Eta arrives on the east coast of Florida. Area residents are urged to make preparations now for the impending storm.
Additional Emergency Supplies
The CDC recommends the following additional items to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases.
Below is a list of suggested items as found on the Ready.gov website. Items should be stored in airtight plastic bags and placed in one or two easy-to-carry containers such as plastic bins or a duffel bag.
Water (one gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation)
Food ( non-perishable food kept in a cool, dry location)
Battery-powered or hand crank radio and a NOAA Weather Radio with tone alert
First aid kit
Whistle (to signal for help)
Dust mask (to help filter contaminated air)
Plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place)
Moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties (for personal sanitation)
Wrench or pliers (to turn off utilities)
Manual can opener (for food)
Cell phone with chargers and a backup battery
Download the Recommended Supplies List (PDF)
Cloth face coverings (for everyone ages 2 and above), soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes to disinfect surfaces
Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers, anti-diarrhea medication, antacids or laxatives
Prescription eyeglasses and contact lens solution
Infant formula, bottles, diapers, wipes and diaper rash cream
Pet food and extra water for your pet
Cash or traveler's checks
Important family documents such as copies of insurance policies, identification and bank account records saved electronically or in a waterproof, portable container
Sleeping bag or warm blanket for each person
Complete change of clothing appropriate for your climate and sturdy shoes
Matches in a waterproof container
Feminine supplies and personal hygiene items
Mess kits, paper cups, plates, paper towels and plastic utensils
Paper and pencil
Books, games, puzzles or other activities for children
Navigating Post-Storm Troubled Waters
The CDC also offers the following guidelines on staying safe in flooded areas.
Stay out of floodwater.
Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
Don’t drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles won’t protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.
If you have to be in or near floodwater, wear a life jacket—especially if the water is rising.
Wash your hands with soap and water if you have been in floodwater. If you don’t have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer. Floodwater can contain many things that may harm health, including germs, dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, wild or stray animals, downed power lines, and other contaminants that can make you sick.
Learn more on how to stay safe after a flood.
Drink safe water. Eat safe food.
Throw away food that may have come in contact with flood or storm water. Unsafe food can make you sick even if it looks, smells, and tastes normal. Throw away perishable foods that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages; also discard foods with an unusual odor, color, or texture. When in doubt, throw it out.
Listen to reports from local officials for advice on water precautions in your home. Do not use water you suspect or have been told is contaminated to make baby formula or ice, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, or wash dishes.
Bottled, boiled, or treated water are safe for drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene. Your state, tribal, local, or territorial health department can make specific recommendations for boiling or treating water in your area.
Learn more on how to keep food and water safe after a disaster.
Wash your hands.
Good basic personal hygiene and handwashing are critical to help prevent the spread of illness and disease. Clean, safe running water is essential for proper hygiene and handwashing. Hygiene is especially important after an emergency like a hurricane, but finding clean, safe running water can sometimes be hard.
Learn more about personal hygiene and handwashing after a disaster.
Take care of any wounds or injuries to prevent infection.
The risk for injury during and after a hurricane and other natural disasters is high.
Get first aid quickly to help heal small wounds and prevent infection.
Learn more about proper wound care after a disaster.
Additional hurricane information and preparedness tips can be found at https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes. For the latest on tropical storm and hurricane activity in the Atlantic, visit the National Hurricane Center at https://www.nhc.noaa.gov.
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