Date: September 2, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856 Pager

Sheriff Crow Issues Storm Advisory

Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr. would like to advise residents to heed the following information and precautions during the onslaught and aftermath of Hurricane Frances:

Do not call 911 or the main Sheriff's Office non-emergency number unless absolutely necessary. Depending on the severity of the storm, emergency response agencies may have limited resources and capabilities.

  • Be a good neighbor - check on each other to ensure everyone around you is safe and able to survive during the aftermath.

  • Stay indoors after dark.

  • Be careful around downed power lines.

  • If traffic signals are inoperable, treat all intersections with the "4-way stop" rule. Be courteous and cautious of other drivers.

  • Do not leave your residence after the storm has cleared the area if it is during the evening.

  • Do not drive around after the storm has cleared the area, whether it is day or night, unless absolutely necessary.

  • Be very careful of flooded areas, especially when driving. Floodwaters can be swift-moving and much deeper and more dangerous than they look - do not attempt to negotiate floodwaters in your vehicle.

Distribution: Undersheriff, Division Commanders, Communications, News Media

A text only version of this release is also available.

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