How to Prepare for Hurricane Matthew in South Florida

Hurricane season is here, South Florida.

When it comes to Hurricane Matthew hitting South Florida, it’s crucial to be prepared. We’ve put together a few items to keep in mind so you can be as prepared as possible.

Prepare with a Storm Supply Kit

  • Non-perishable Food
  • Gallons of Water
  • Manual can-opener
  • Paper cups, plates and paper towels
  • Battery powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First aid Kit
  • Personal Sanitation & hygiene supplies
  • Local maps
  • Solar, portable cell phone charger,
  • Deck of Cards
  • Trash Bags
  • Prescriptions, vitamins, eyeglasses
  • Cash
  • Sleeping bag & pillows

Secure Your Home

Before the storm hits, you’ll want to bring inside your outdoor furniture, bicycles, plants and garbage bins. It’s also a good idea to:

  • Protect areas in your home where wind can enter. Secure windows and doors.
  • Unplug appliances
  • Turn your refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed (food will last longer if the power goes out)

Keep Safety Top Of Mind Throughout the Storm

Although they may seem obvious, keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Be aware of downed trees, power lines, and fallen debris.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if you experience flooding. Be sure to shut off utilities.
  • Avoid walking through floodwater areas- the depth of water may not always be obvious.
  • Learn local evacuation centers and evacuation routes

Uber rides will be affected by the storm

Anytime a disaster or state of emergency strikes, surge pricing is capped, meaning prices will not exceed 2.9x the normal fare. This reflects Uber’s national policy that balances the goal of reliable transportation options with affordability during disasters.  A few things to be aware of:

  • Higher than normal ETAs: Please be patient as demand for rides may be higher and wait times may be longer than usual
  • Take caution: Please monitor news sources for the most up-to-date information about the storm and follow federal, state, and local safety directives.

Most importantly, in case of an emergency, please follow any and all state and local emergency protocols.

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