Month: October 2016

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

CITY OF HIGH SPRINGS
BOARD/COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE

The City of High Springs is currently accepting applications for appointment to the following Boards and Committees:

Code Enforcement Board – 1 Position
Members review cases and determine compliance with city codes; hear testimony; declare fines and/or corrective measures allowed by law.

Parks & Recreation Advisory Bd. –  1 Alternate Position
Members needed for a recreation advisory committee to inventor and survey current and future recreation needs.

Applications may be obtained Monday through Thursday, 7:30 – 6:00, from City Hall, 23718 W US HWY 27, High Springs, Florida 32643. To be appointed, applicants must be a resident of the City of High Springs.

HURRICANE PREPARATIONS

When a storm is fast approaching, we want to make sure you are safe. Preparation is the best protection against the dangers of a storm.


WHAT SUPPLIES SHOULD I HAVE TO STAY SAFE?

• Flashlights and a battery powered TV and radio handy in case the power goes out
• Extra batteries: AA, AAA, C and D batteries are recommended
• At least 3-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person)
• At least 3-day supply of food (If you have a baby, at least 1 weeks’ worth of baby food)
• First-aid kit
• Medications (7-day supply) and medical items (hearing aids with extra batteries, glasses, contact lenses, syringes, cane)
• Sanitation and personal hygiene items
• Cell phone (fully charged) with an extra battery or external charger that doesn’t require electricity
• Battery-powered or hand-crank radio (NOAA Weather Radio, if possible)
• Extra set of car keys and house keys
• Insect repellent
• Sunscreen
• Rain gear
• Camera for photos of possible damage
• Pet supplies, including a collar, leash, ID, food, carrier and bowl
WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE A STORM?
• Fill your car’s gas tank
• Take out extra cash and store it in a safe place
• Purchase flashlights. Do NOT use candles as it can cause a fire
• Bring in anything that can be picked up by high winds. Some items include bicycles, lawn furniture, small plants
• Close all windows, doors and hurricane shutters.
• If you do not have hurricane shutters, close and board up all windows and doors with plywood.
• Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out.
• Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances.
• Talk with members of your household and create an evacuation plan. Planning and practicing your evacuation plan can minimize confusion and fear during a storm.
• Evacuate if advised by authorities. Be careful to avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
• If you have a boat, secure it.
WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A STORM:
• Let your friends & family know you’re safe. You can do so on Facebook’s Safety Check or on the American Red Cross Safe and Well Web site. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.
• Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
• If an evacuation order was issued, only return home when officials say it is safe to do so.
• Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
• Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
• Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the storm has ended.
• Stay out of any building that has water around it.
• Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
• 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.
• Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
• Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.