City of Wauchula Prepares for Hurricane Matthew, Activates Storm Plan
WAUCHULA, FL - October 5, 2016
In anticipation of potential impacts from Hurricane Matthew later this week, City of Wauchula has activated its emergency operations plan and urges its customers to get prepared.
Depending on its path, Hurricane Matthew is capable of causing widespread power outages and catastrophic property damages. In addition, restoration may be hampered by flooding, downed trees or other obstacles. City of Wauchula crews are prepared to work long hours after the storm passes, restoring service to customers as quickly and as safely as possible.
Take action now! Create a hurricane survival kit that includes first aid supplies, a battery powered radio, tarps, batteries, and flashlights. Make sure to have a few days’ supply of any needed prescription medicine, baby food and diapers, pet food, canned food and drinking water (at least one gallon per person, per day). Have extra cash on hand and make sure you have a full tank of gas in your car and proper fuel on hand for a gas grill and/or generator.
To determine a hurricane evacuation route, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org. Information about local shelters that will be open during the storm can be found by contacting the Hardee County Emergency Operations Center at 863-773-6373 or via their Facebook page.
If you are a customer that is medically dependent on electricity for oxygen or other equipment, please make sure you have a backup generator in place or additional power backup. Utilities typically cannot respond to customers with special needs during or immediately after a storm. Have an evacuation plan and know special needs shelter locations. If you or someone you know has special electrical medical equipment needs, notify the electric utility prior to the storm’s arrival. The electric utility office for the City of Wauchula can be reached at 863-773-3131.
Customers who experience a power outage are asked to call 863-773-3131 or 863-773-3132 after hours. After the severe weather passes, City of Wauchula crews will begin restoring power as quickly as possible.
If you use a portable generator: DON’T run a generator in the house, DON’T run a generator in the garage, and DON’T plug a generator directly into a house’s main electrical system. The first two could lead to suffocation and the third could send an electrical charge back to the power grid, which would create an electrocution hazard for utility workers. DO set up generators outside in a well-ventilated area, and DO plug individual appliances directly into the generator.
Following the storm, outage information can be obtained by contacting the City utility office at 863-773-3131.