Disaster Recovery After a Hurricane
If you are in a safe location, do not leave until authorities say it is okay to leave.
Make sure all electrical outlets and appliances are dry and free of water before you use them.
Stay away from disaster areas unless authorities request volunteers.
Donate money to a recognized disaster relief organization. Don’t donate food, clothing, or other personal items unless they are specifically requested.
Drive only when necessary. Roads will be filled with debris.
Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company immediately.
Report gas, sewer or water mains.
Contact your insurance agent.
Disaster Recovery After A Flood
Do not drive through a flooded area. More people drown in their cars than anywhere else.
Avoid flood water. It may be contaminated by oil, gas, or sewage. The water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
Stay away from moving water. Moving water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet.
Stay away form downed power lines and report them to the power company immediately. Electric current passes easily through water.
Donate money to disaster relief organizations. Unless specifically requested, do not donate food, clothing or other personal items.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water if you come in contact with flood waters. Listen to news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
Watch for animals. They lose their homes in floods and may seek shelter in yours.
If your property has been damaged, call the insurance company or agent who handles your flood insurance policy right away to file a claim.
Do not go in a building if there is any chance of the building collapsing.