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Personal Injury Law Offices of Joseph I Lipsky
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida car accident and personal injury attorney.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida car accident and personal injury attorney.

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The Florida Legislature needs to act to protect our elderly family members by holding nursing homes accountable. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/09/18/hollywood-nursing-home-survivors-call-change/
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To our friends and clients who have not lived through a hurricane before, and as a refresher to everyone else, here are some tips and reminders. We hope everyone is safe.

COUNTDOWN TO HURRICANE IRMA
Hurricane Watch
Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.
• Review your evacuation route(s) & listen to local officials.
• Review the items in your disaster supply kit; and add items to meet the household needs for children, parents, individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs or pets.
Hurricane Warning
Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.
• Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.
• Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
• Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.
What to do when a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving
• Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
• Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
• Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.
• Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.
What to do when a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving
• Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.
• Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.
• Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.
What to do when a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving
• Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
• Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.
After a Hurricane
• Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
• Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
• Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
• Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.
• Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.
• Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm.
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Bad headlights contribute to deadly car accidents. Be sure to check yours and ask your legislators to pass regulations requiring new cars have better ones. https://www.floridapersonalinjurylawyerblog.com/2017/06/cars-need-better-headlights-avoid-accidents.html
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Think twice before buying a small car, bigger cars are safer when a car accident happens. https://www.floridapersonalinjurylawyerblog.com/2017/05/drivers-small-cars-likely-die-car-accidents.html
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Driving while sleepy is as likely to cause a car accident as being a distracted or drunk driver. Get enough rest before hitting the road this holiday season. http://www.floridapersonalinjurylawyerblog.com/2016/12/drowsy-driving-car-accidents-can-prevented-get-sleep.html
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