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Follow Mandatory Evacuation Orders To Avoid Sustaining Injuries And Endangering The Lives Of Emergency Personnel

Follow Mandatory Evacuation Orders To Avoid Sustaining Injuries And Endangering The Lives Of Emergency PersonnelFast-rising flood waters can catch a person off guard, and leave them stranded on top-levels or even the roof of their house. The recent trend of high-category hurricanes has taken the world by storm, and it does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. It is of the utmost importance that Florida and other impacted residents adhere to mandatory evacuation orders to keep themselves and their families safely out of harm's way. These actions are also essential to the health and well-being of first responders and other emergency personnel.

The government bodies are not punishing homeowners by removing them from their residence, but rather, the precautionary measure is to protect and save lives. Just because Harvey or Irma left you unscathed, the next storm may not be so kind. Many residents have become displaced, lost their belongings, and even their vehicles, but by using their head and evacuating, they still have the chance to rebuild and live their lives to the fullest.

Scenarios To Consider


Flood waters are not the only concern when hurricanes pass through the area. High winds, typically anywhere from 50 mph to 130 mph, send debris flying at an alarming rate. Aside from things that your neighbors didn't tie down, tree limbs, home siding, and various other items can become dangerous projectiles. Emergency personnel will likely not have access to the area if a mandatory evacuation becomes ordered, and if an injury occurs, you will be left on your own to tend to the wound. Don't put yourself in these types of predicaments and stay safe during emergencies.

Downed power lines and water are never a good mixture. When this combination occurs, a person's risk of electrocution or shock significantly increases. Much like with the other scenario, responders will not be able to reach your location to provide medical assistance, so it is best just to avoid the situation and go to a safe location when asked to do so by officials. If you choose to go it alone and avoid warnings, the lives of personnel trying to reach you also become endangered by these obstacles. Mother nature is not very forgiving, and we must obey her warning signs to live safe and productive lives.

As streets and homes begin to flood, it seems as if every creepy, crawly, and slithering being comes out of hiding. Of course, these items are likely the last things on your mind during catastrophic events, but they still pose a danger to one or more individuals and are worthy of mentioning. Ants, snakes, alligators, and various other creatures can impact one's health severely during mandatory evacuation applications. Receiving one or more venomous stings, without medical care available, can easily result in serious health issues or even loss of life. Lacerations and other wounds can befall rescuers as well, which puts their lives at risk too.

Never drive through high water because you never know how deep it is, until it is too late. Any resident that has turned on the news in recent weeks has seen roads and bridges crumble away as if they never existed in the first place. If your vehicle becomes washed off the street and becomes completely submerged, not only will responders not be able to find you, but serious injuries and loss of life can also occur. As any reader can see, there is a pattern with these scenarios. Each one is unique and different, but they all offer increased risks to the safety and well-being of more than one person. Florida residents, we urge you to take mandatory evacuation orders seriously, and with any luck, we will all safely make it out of hurricanes and other emergency situations.

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Attorney David L Goldman

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