Everything You Need to Know Before, During, and After the Storm Hits
You’ve heard the warnings, you’ve seen the signs – Hurricane Matthew is about to change your life. First, take a deep breath. There are resources available to help you and your family get through this disaster.
Before The Storm: Survive
Tracking Hurricane Matthew’s Path
- Mims Elementary, 2582 U.S. Highway 1, Mims
- Imperial Estates, 900 Imperial Estates Lane, Titusville
- Walter Butler Community Center, 4201 U.S. Highway 1, Cocoa
- Manatee Elementary, 3425 Viera Blvd., Viera
- Sherwood Elementary, 2541 Post Road, Melbourne
- Meadowlane Intermediate, 2700 Wingate Blvd., West Melbourne
- South Mainland Community Center, 3700 Allen Ave., Micco
- Port St John Community Center, 6650 Corto Road, Port St. John
- Viera Regional Park, 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera
- Ted Whitlock Community Center at Palm Bay Regional Park, 1951 Malabar Road N.W., Palm Bay
- Bayside High School, 1901 DeGroodt Road S.W., Palm Bay
What essentials do I need to pack?
- Safe, warm, and water-resistant clothing
- Water bottles
- Non-perishable food
- First aid kits
- Important documents
During The Storm: Support
Facebook Pages & Groups to Follow:
- Hurricane Matthew
- The Hurricane Matthew Emergency Information
- Hurricane Matthew 24/7 Christian News and Updates
Twitter Feeds to Follow
Phone Numbers That You Should Know:
- American Red Cross:
- Broward County – (954) 797-3800
- Vero Beach – (772) 562-2549
- Naples – (239) 596-6868
- Miami – (305) 644-1200
- West Palm Beach – (561) 833-7711
- Florida Emergency Information Line – 1-800-342-3557
- Jackson Health System’s Maternity Hurricane Information Hotline – (305) 585-2229
- Rosen Hotels & Resorts offering distress rate
- T-Mobile offers free text and calls to those affected by Hurricane Matthew
- AT&T Tips for Saving Your Cell Phone Battery
After the Storm: Relief
They say that Hurricane Matthew is expected to last a couple of days. However, this is simply not true. We will be rebuilding for weeks, months, and maybe even years to come. Prepare yourself for what will come after the storm has passed – and it will pass!
- First, stay vigilant! The hurricane might have passed, but there may still be rainfall and flooding over the following days.
- Only drive if absolutely necessary – roads may be flooded and damaged and bridges may be collapsed.
- Be aware of your surroundings and watch out for broken glass, downed power lines, gas leaks, etc.
Getting Your Home Rebuilt
- Be wary of electrical hazards – turn off power to your home if you are able to do so safely.
- Turn off the gas to prevent fires or explosions – do not smoke or light any open flames.
- If your home looks to be unstable – do not attempt to clean and repair yourself.
- Report any health hazards to your local health department.
- Ask for help! Our emergency disaster restoration team is ready and waiting to help you get back on your feet.
- Save your irreplaceable items, but resist the urge to clean and save everything before your home is secure.
- Weather permitting, open windows and doors, and use fans to get air flowing.
- Patch holes and repair ceilings and floors.
- Remove any debris that may have floated in or landed on your home.
- Check your plumbing for any leaks or cracked pipes.
- Pump water out of your basement – but do so carefully and wait until water outside of your basement has gone down as well.
Read more on water & flood damage on Restoration 1’s website.
Best Wishes From Restoration 1!
We hope that you and your family stay safe and alert throughout Hurricane Matthew. Our thoughts are with every family in Florida, Haiti, Georgia, and beyond who are affected by this disaster. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at (405) 578-4875 for information on how we can help restore and rebuild your home.