Residents across the state are urged to prepare for the worst, gassing up cars, stocking up on food, water, and medications, and making sure to secure homes and sources of power. Governor Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency and the National Weather Service is warning of life-threatening wind, rainfall, and storm surge.
Given the potential for catastrophic devastation, it is essential that Florida residents take the appropriate actions to stay safe. Individuals should follow all warnings from their local officials, including evacuation notices. People living in low-lying areas, especially in low-income communities, are particularly vulnerable and should use caution if they decide to remain in their homes.
For those who are evacuating, good documentation is essential—not only for insurance purposes but for replacements of identification and other important records. People should be aware of potential flooding at their evacuation sites and be prepared to move to a safer one if needed.
Finally, even after the storm has passed, there may still be life-threatening conditions, including flooding and downed power lines. Residents should be cautious about returning home until they have been given the all-clear from local officials.