Hendry County RoadWatch Report for week of Feb. 18

HENDRY COUNTY Park Avenue to Bridge Street (SR 29) LaBelle: Special permit: Motorists should expect delays from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 from Park Avenue to Bridge Street (SR 29) in LaBelle for the Swamp Cabbage Parade. The parade will begin on Park Avenue traveling eastbound to Bridge Street, then travel […]

Florida health in Hendry/Glades urges safety during winter weather

HENDRY/GLADES — The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties urges Florida residents to take precautions to stay healthy and safe during extreme cold weather. With wind chills forecasted as low as 25 degrees this week in many areas of the state, it is important to take extra precautions. “Winter storms can cause […]

Use caution to safely clean up debris

HENDRY COUNTY — Residents and others working to clean up debris left by Hurricane Irma could be at risk of sustaining injuries, and the Florida Department of Health is urging residents to practice caution when cleaning in and around their homes. Every person involved in clean up should make sure they have an up to […]

Flood information sheet – flood waters pose health risks (English & Spanish)

The Florida Department of Health in Hendry and Glades Counties (DOH-Hendry/Glades) recommends the following precautions to prevent possible illness from flood waters: Basic hygiene is critical. Wash your hands with soap and either disinfected or boiled and cooled water, especially before preparing or eating food, after toilet use, after participating in flood cleanup activities, and […]

Oxygen-dependent patient resources after the storm

TALLAHASSEE — If you are oxygen-dependent you may need to take additional steps to secure emergency oxygen tanks and equipment while recovering from Hurricane Irma, especially if power has not yet been restored to your residence. Oxygen-dependent residents should: • Contact your oxygen supplier and request additional tanks. If you’re unable to get the oxygen […]

Food service reminders for disaster related feeding stations and the public

Wash hands with soap and running water: • After using the bathroom. • Before handling food. • When switching between raw and cooked foods. • After eating, drinking, or smoking. • After changing a diaper. • When hands become contaminated. • Between changing gloves. Wear gloves properly, including: • Always wash hands before wearing a […]

Frequently asked questions: Boil water advisories

Q: What is the proper way to disinfect my water so that it is safe to drink? A: • The preferred method of treatment is boiling tap water since disinfection does not kill certain parasites, such as Cryptosporidium. Boiling water also kills harmful bacteria and viruses. The process is complete once the water is held […]

Home clean-up after the storm

After a storm has passed, failure to remove contaminated materials can be a health risk. If there is flooding, water must be removed as quickly as possible since it may be contaminated from overflowing sewage systems. If flood water containing sewage has gotten into the house, the following measures should be taken to ensure proper […]

What to do if your well is flooded

Heavy rainfall and flooding can make your tap water unsafe. If you are unsure about the safety of your well water use bottled water, disinfected water, or use both boiled and cooled water for drinking, making beverages or ice, cooking, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, and washing recent surgical wounds. Tap water can be disinfected […]

Protect your eyes while experiencing the solar eclipse

TALLAHASSEE — On Monday, August 21, Florida will experience a partial solar eclipse, and the Florida Department of Health reminds all Floridians to enjoy this rare event safely by following simple precautions and using proper protection. Severe retinal damage can occur from looking directly at the sun. “The solar eclipse is a once-in-a-lifetime event that […]