With Invest 99L expected to bring heavy rainfall to Tampa later this week, and Florida’s hurricane season far from over, we’ve put together a quick list of reminders for what to do (and what not to do) when bad weather hits in order to ensure your safety and the safety of others in our community.
Do – Stay off the road when bad weather hits. Yes, you have places to go and things to do. But if visibility is compromised by blinding rain, or the roadways are flooded, you are putting yourself in danger by venturing out. Use your better judgment and avoid any unnecessary travel when the driving conditions are bad.
Do – Prepare! Staying off the road will be easier to do when the weather is bad if you can stock your house with the supplies you will need before hand. Stock up on groceries, make sure prescriptions are filled, and don’t forget bottled water, batteries, and flash lights in case of power outages. If you are in an area that floods, stay up to date with City of Tampa’s announcements for sandbag distribution and availability, and make sure to grab what you need before the rain starts.
Don’t – Use your hazard lights when driving in the rain! It is actually illegal to use your hazard lights while driving, although it’s common to see their misuse when bad weather hits. Hazard lights should only be used in an emergency if your car is pulled over, signaling to emergency vehicles that you are in distress. If visibility is compromised, pull over and wait until conditions are better.
Don’t – Forget about your furry friends! Make sure your pets are prepared for inclement weather as well; stock up on food and supplies for them, and make sure they are comfortable inside and unable to escape. Thunder and lightning can be frightening for pets and a dog or cat that is startled or scared could be more apt to take off.
Remember the old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” It’s always better to err on the safe side. From all of us at Anton Castro Law, we hope you stay safe and dry this week!