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Hurricane Matthew Recovery Information




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Ok, the storm is over.  Now what...

Continue listening to the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network live reports on this station for important safety and clean-up information.

If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.

If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).

For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources.

Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.

Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.

Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.

Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.

Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.

Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering - the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas, if present.

Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.

Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.

Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.

Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.

Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.





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For the most up-to-date information on Duval County, please visit the City of Jacksonville website.


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Flagler County residents will be permitted back into their homes effective noon Saturday Also at noon, the bridges to the barrier island will be open to residents and safety personnel only. Proof of residency will be required.

The curfew will remain for the barrier island from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily until further notice, but the curfew is being lifted west of the Intracoastal.

Alcohol sales remain suspended throughout Flagler County.

A few safety reminders if you plan on checking on your home and property:
• treat all power lines as live lines.
• if you use a generator to restore power, use extreme caution. Do not attempt to re-energize downed lines around your property, or home that has been under water.

We are expecting a rush of people to return to these areas. In some places, traffic signals are still not operational. If you encounter an intersection with non-working lights, treat that intersection as a four-way stop.

FPL expects to complete power restoration to essentially all customers following Hurricane Matthew by end of day Sunday; pockets of flooding and severe damage likely will extend outages for some customers until Monday

- FPL estimates it will restore power to all customers in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, and majority of customers in Palm Beach County by end of day today

- FPL estimates it will restore power to all customers north of Palm Beach County by end of day Sunday; though severe damage may delay some restoration until Monday

- FPL has nearly 15,000 workers dedicated to the recovery effort; collapsing crews into Central and North Florida

- FPL urges customers to avoid downed power lines and standing water; use caution while driving or using generators

Flagler FPL Outage Map


Persons wishing to volunteer should go to www.VolunteerForida.org

All businesses and stores should call Flagler County’s Corporate Recovery Line at 386-313-4200 ext. 3310 with their opening status or questions.



Rymfire Elementary School (Special Needs Shelter) 1425 Rymfire Dr, Palm Coast.
In Palm Coast, just north of Royal Palms Pkwy.

Buddy Taylor Middle School
School in Palm Coast, Florida
Address: 4500 Belle Terre Pkwy, Palm Coast, FL 32164

Bunnell Elementary School (Pet Friendly)
305 N Palmetto St., Bunnell In Bunnell, 2 blocks north of SR 100, via Orange Street

Use the link below to find out if you are in an evacuation zone. Due to network this application loads a little slowly. Please be patient. You can search by your address in the upper left corner. Be sure to enter your city as a part of your address.


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UPDATE SATURDAY MORNING:  The entire city is hurting. We are going to work to get this city back to normal. We may be multiple different cities, but we are one community. We are in this together.
- Evacuation order is lifted as of noon Saturday. Nassau County residents will be returning home and soon we will have work for Amelia Island and Fernandina Beach residents
- If you do not have to be driving, don't! We need access and roads cleared to fix and clear everything.
- The island bridges are closed. We will post when they will be opening on our Facebook and web pages at: https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo&qsefr=1 and http://www.nassaucountyfl.com/index.aspx…
- Please do not go out sightseeing. This is not the time.
- Patience is the word of the day. If you rush back at noon, expect to sit in traffic. Police will be working the intersections to assist.
- If you see a wire, treat the wire as LIVE and call 911. Do not drive over, walk over, or touch wires. Non Emergencies: Call 904-225-5174.
- If you have a neighbor who stayed home during the storm, please check on them.
- Significant electric outages. Restoration times are not known. There is significant damage to the system.
- If you have power, please leave your porch light ON so JEA knows.
-Many customers are currently out of power. Utility Companies are working on this now.
- Lights are out throughout the city. Treat all intersections as a 4 way stop if lights are not working.
- Beaches - Expect to have no power, trees down, and flooding when you get to return.
- We still have flooding throughout the county. You will see barricades up for flooding and downed trees.
Do not drive around barricades.
- Our #1 heroes are the people who evacuated. Thank you.

All of our police officers were working last night through the storm. We had a significant high number of calls. Thank you for your patience!

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St. Johns County residents can receive text messages regarding instant updates on Hurricane Matthew relief and recovery efforts by texting “STJOHNSFL” to the number 888777. For additional information, please visit www.sjcfl.us, follow the County on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/SJCFL, or call the Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.





Sources include nearest National Weather Service office, National Hurricane Center, and the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (@FloridaStorms).
Sources include nearby emergency management agencies, FEMA, and your local NPR affiliate. 
Sources include the Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Highway Patrol and other nearby traffic information.

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