LEOs pull together to help those devastated by Hurricane Ian
LE social media showcases the rescues, emergency assistance and resources happening across Florida in the wake of the deadly hurricane
By Ashley Silver
LEOs and their departments took to social media to support their communities and share resources. From rescues to helpful post-storm tips for the days to come, law enforcement steps up for those in need through these social posts.
LEOs in peril or LE rescues
An Osceola County deputy was rescued from a flooded street by a police airboat after being stranded due to massive amounts of rain dumped by Hurricane Ian.
Police incident command, technology and equipment
In response to Hurricane Ian, officers from various departments ensured there were boots on the ground, answering calls for service, and putting necessary assets in place to bring residents to safety.
MBPD, alongside multiple other law enforcement agencies, gathered at the Hard Rock Stadium to prepare for their mission to the West Coast of Florida where they will be assisting the Fort Myers and Cape Coral Police Departments amid the devastation caused by Hurricane Ian. pic.twitter.com/vxFWhnKSSi— Miami Beach Police (@MiamiBeachPD) October 1, 2022
This morning twenty-one Pembroke Pines Police Officers joined a multi-agency Broward County police caravan to assist the residents of Cape Coral in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. (You may have seen a line of PPPD vehicles parked along Pines Boulevard early this morning.)— Pembroke Pines PD (@PPinesPD) October 3, 2022
Safety messaging from law enforcement
Law enforcement agencies across Florida are using social media to share safety information and tips with their communities as the clean-up and recovery from Hurricane Ian begins.
Here are some important things to keep in mind as #HurricaneIan bears down on us. Please share this message and help us get the word out! Stay safe. We have our @VolusiaSheriff high water rescue vehicles (like the one behind me) ready to go. pic.twitter.com/Z0xmCPHRUe— Mike Chitwood (@SheriffChitwood) September 28, 2022
#HurricaneIan— SanfordPolice (@SanfordPolice) September 29, 2022
Stay out of floodwater.
Floodwater can contain many things that may harm health, including germs, dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, wild or stray animals, downed power lines, and other contaminants that can make you sick.#StayInformed #Update pic.twitter.com/54nieioAvN
We've been getting lots of questions about what to do with used sandbags. Here's a quick list of Do's and Don'ts for that leftover sand. #SRQCounty #HurricaneIanhttps://t.co/czOVgU7q5L pic.twitter.com/MeDDSQRMup— SarasotaCountyGov (@SRQCountyGov) October 3, 2022
Police conducting rescues
Officers and other first responders braved floodwaters, downed powerlines and other challenges left by Hurricane Ian to rescue those in need.
AMAZING RESCUE 🙌 | Video shows the Nassau County Sheriff's Office Marine Unit rescue two people from their sailboat overnight as Hurricane Ian’s rocked the waves in north Florida. No one was injured, but it comes as a reminder to not go out in dangerous conditions. pic.twitter.com/jyM8JQ80zt— WESH 2 News (@WESH) September 29, 2022
11:30am 10/1: Our Emergency Response Team (ERT) is back in the @CityofNorthPort assisting @NorthPortPolice. In addition to rescuing a family, they rescued this pup, Zeus. We know so many are hurting. We’re working as fast as we can to get help where it’s needed. 💙 #HurricaneIan pic.twitter.com/pjiZEjfGfV— Sarasota Police Department (@SarasotaPD) October 1, 2022
🧵These are just a few of the photos members of our Emergency Response Team (ERT) snapped while they were in @CityofNorthPort assisting @NorthPortPolice with rescues after #HurricaneIan (1/2) pic.twitter.com/aYHsWf2OM3— Sarasota Police Department (@SarasotaPD) October 2, 2022
Destruction and damage
As residents were hit with billions in destruction and damages in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, police officers did all they could to help the community pick up the pieces.
City crews work to remove part of a boat slip that broke away and ended up on the Bay Esplanade boat ramp. We’re continuing to assess damage from around the city from #HurricaneIan pic.twitter.com/2Px3aeL2Nm— Clearwater Police Department (@myclearwaterPD) September 29, 2022
Job well done by the Tampa Police Department. Removing downed trees from roadways after Hurricane Ian.#podcast #radio #talkradio #talkshow #police #Sheriff #Trooper #TrueCrime #trauma #PTS #PTSD #LETpodcast #LetRadioShow pic.twitter.com/KEQsQHC2YN— L.E.T. Radio Show Podcast (@LETRadioShowPo1) September 29, 2022
The aftermath of Hurricane Ian at Fort Myers Beach in Lee County, Florida. #sheriffcarminemarceno #lawandordersheriff #hurricaneian #LCSO #sheriff #copsoftiktok #police #backtheblue #foryoupage #fyp pic.twitter.com/yLO5xNK1hL— Eliandcary (@Mrg305) October 2, 2022