"Hurricanes: After the Storm - Important Tips
It is Hurricane season in Florida. I have compiled a list of important tips to help you with after the storm has passed. Stay safe.
Be very careful to take certain precautions after the storm has passed. Damage to your home can have a tramatic impact, and it's best to have a plan before the storm strikes for how to re-enter your home. Having a plan, and being aware of certain risks, will minimize the threat of harm to you or your family.
Please keep these tips in mind:.......
- Stay tuned to local news organizations, such as a radio or television station, for important announcements, bulletin, and instructions concerning the storm area, medical aid and other forms of assistance, such as food, water and shelter.
- Remember that you may not have immediate access to your home. Emergency rescue crews, power crews and other personnel may be attending to special needs. Listen for the latest news updates in your area.
- Make sure that you have current identification. You may have to pass through identification check points before being allowed access to your home/neighborhood.
- Avoid driving ,as roads may be blocked.
- Avoid being a looky Lucy or entering a storm ravaged area unnecessarily. You could be mistaken for a looter.
- Avoid downed power lines even if they look harmless.
- Avoid all metal objects near downed lines.
- DO NOT use matches in a storm ravaged area until after all gas lines have been checked for leaks (keep flashlights and plenty of batteries at hand).
- Avoid turning the power on at your home if there is flooding present. First have a professional conduct a thorough inspection .
- Have a professionals/licensed contractors inspect your home for damage and help in repairs. This includes electricians, as well as professionals to inspect gas lines, remove uprooted trees , repair damage and check plumbing.
- Remember that downed or damaged trees can hold power lines that can be dangerous.
- Use a camera or cellphone to record any damage done to your home before any repairs are attempted.
- In certain areas, the flooding that accompany a storm can create pest problems. Be aware of potential pest problems in your area, such as mice, rats, insects or snakes that may have "come in with the storm".
- Telephone lines will likely be busy in the area; use a phone only for emergencies. Texting is the best option.
- Flooding brings with it the risk of waterborne bacterial contamination. Try not to walk in standing water.
- You should assume that the water is not safe and use properly stored water or boil your tap water.
These are a few ideas to be thinking about before and after a severe storm hits. Remember to keep your radio tuned to a station for emergency bulletins and updates with the latest information."