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Community Hurricane Ian Weather Update

We are grateful to serve you and your family, and your safety is our utmost priority.

Here for you when you need us:

 

We are now operating under normal conditions at all of our physician offices, except for those with power outages:

  • Auburndale
  • Lake Wales
  • Plant City
  • Parkview
  • Florida Southern
  • Winter Haven
  • Highlands


Further updates will be reflected on this web page and our Facebook page.

Please use caution during inclement weather throughout this hurricane season. Thank you for allowing us the privilege to care for you.

Safety Tips

The safety of the community is one of our utmost concerns in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. As such, Lakeland Regional Health offers the following safety tips:

  • Always: Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.
  • Generators: Never run a generator in an enclosed space or inside your home or garage. Although you may think an open garage door is safe, someone else may accidentally shut the door.
  • Phones: Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster. Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Minimize Water Use: To prevent and reduce the risk of sewer system backups in your home, residents should minimize water use. This includes the use of dishwashers, sinks, washing machines, showers and toilets.
  • Using Open Flames: Never leave an open flame or trash fire unattended or near any flammable materials. Always exercise extreme caution when using candles to light your home.
  • Gas Lines: Report the smell of gas (“rotten egg”) by calling 9-1-1, open windows and safely evacuate the area.
  • Downed Power Lines: Remember power lines may be concealed by flood waters or fallen debris. Always use extreme caution when leaving your home. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Standing Water: Keep out of standing water. It is impossible to know how deep the water is, or if dangerous debris is hidden beneath the surface. All standing water is considered dirty and contaminated with germs. Avoid contact with your mouth and skin, especially if you have any skin breaks. Wash with soap and clean water after exposure. Standing water may contain snakes and other wild animals in distress, and if bitten you may need immediate medical attention.
  • Drinking Water: If your drinking water well is underwater, assume it may be contaminated until the water recedes and you complete the decontamination process. Boil water for one minute to ensure safety.
  • Traffic Lights: If a traffic light is out or possible malfunctioning, treat the intersection as a four-way stop. Always drive with extreme caution when leaving your home, and only drive when absolutely necessary.

If there is an emergency situation, please call 911. Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center continues to operate 24/7.

Disaster Relief Resources:

Polk County | Disaster Preparedness  

Red Cross | Hurricane Relief

Florida Disaster Relief

Florida Disability Disaster Information

FEMA Disaster Information