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Utility Tips during Emergency or Disaster ☘ Hoey Team ☘ eXp Realty
Dated: August 30 2019
During any type of Emergency or Disaster such as a Hurricane, Wildfire, or anything out of the ordinary, the tips and advise below from Collier County or in our other Hoey Team ☘ blogs will provide help for you.
WATER / SEWER
Locate the water shut-off valve for your residence.
The valve is generally on the side of the house nearest the water meter/backflow prevention device, or may be inside the garage.
Test the water shut-off valve to be sure it is operational.
If the shut-off valve is not operational, have it repaired or replaced.
Turn the water shut-off valve to the off position if you are evacuating your residence prior to a storm.
This will help minimize damage to the interior of your home should a pipe burst.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for turning off your water heater and unplug it; or, switch off the circuit breaker.
Turn off the power and shut-off the water valve to your irrigation system.
You may want to consider filling a clean bathtub or other large containers with water before the storm arrives.
In the event water service is disrupted, that water can be used for drinking, cooking, or for flushing the toilet.
Locate your sewer cleanout.
The cleanouts are typically made of PVC and/or plastic piping, and are generally located within three to five feet from a structure, and again between the property line and the street.
Remove any shrubbery or obstructions in case utility service personnel need to access the cleanout.
Verify that the cleanout is capped.
If the cap is broken or missing, please call Collier County Wastewater Collections at 239-252-2600.
In the Collier County Water-Sewer District, the two water treatment plants and the two wastewater treatment plants are equipped with generators capable of maintain operations during power outages.
Despite the fact that you may still have water service, water conservation during power outages is a necessity.
Not all wastewater lift stations have generators.
During power outages, the wastewater lift station serving your neighborhood may be without power.
When the power is restored to your home, do not assume that power has been restored to all lift stations.
It is important to curtail the amount of water used to avoid overwhelming the wastewater collections system that may not yet be fully functioning.
• Avoid running dishwashers and clothes washers.
• Limit the amount of water used for showering.
• Limit the amount of toilet flushing.
A strong storm or hurricane can cause significant damage, resulting in widespread power outages.
Restoration efforts must be prioritized, starting with facilities that provide the most critical services:
• Damaged power plants and power lines from the plants, since these must be fixed before service can be restored anywhere.
• Organizations that provide critical infrastructure functions to the community, such as hospitals, police, and fire stations.
• Major power lines that serve large numbers of customers.
• Smaller power lines such as service to a single street.
• Individual homes or businesses still without power.
KEEPING SAFE DURING A POWER OUTAGE
When a power outage occurs, safety is a very important concern.
Here are some basic tips that will keep you, your family and your employees safe while the power is out:
• Assume all cables and wires are energized and stay away.
• Keep away from flooded and debris-laden areas because they may be hiding downed lines.
• Run your portable generator outside your house or building, and connect appliances or equipment directly to it.
• If you leave your home, turn off appliances that may have been on when the power went out, or turn off your main breaker.
• Avoid driving in damaged areas.
You might interfere with rescue or restoration efforts, as well as jeopardize your own safety.
Help keep telephone lines clear for emergency calls.
Only call to report downed power lines, or if your neighbors’ power has been restored and you are without electricity.
Don’t trim trees or remove debris located near downed power lines.
If you must remove debris from your home, don’t pile it under or near electrical lines or equipment.
Any damage to your home’s electric system must be repaired by a licensed electrician and inspected by a designated agency before power can be restored.
Check your weather-head (located on the roof where your service connects to the pole) and your meter box to make sure they are not damaged.
If you suspect there is water in the walls or ceiling, stay away from electrical outlets and contact a licensed electrician to repair the damage.
If you need to live in temporary quarters on your property, a licensed electrician can install a temporary service pole.
After the pole is inspected by a designated agency, your electric utility can provide power.
For more information, visit the Collier County Emergency Management Website
Article content from Collier County Government; Southwest Florida and from our personal experiences. In 2017 we had Hurricane Irma come through; Barry & Kim encountered a large amount of damage at the time as the eye passed over us, it was the worst recorded hurricane in history, at the time, then Michael hit the Panhandle, where building codes were not as strengent and where we witnessed more dmage than we had here in SWFL.
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