After the Storm

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  • Emergency information will be forthcoming; follow the directions of local officials. If you have evacuated, do not return home until you are notified the neighborhood is safe. Have I.D. with you at all times.
  • Your family's health and safety is a primary concern. Drink plenty of clean water to avoid dehydration. To purify water, boil it for ten minutes or add 8 drops of bleach per gallon of clear water. Discard food that has been in contact with floodwaters. Wash hands frequently as floodwaters may contain contaminates. Apply first aid to any cuts and seek professional assistance for the injured.
  • Use the telephone only for emergencies and to call your insurance agent.
  • Mark your address on your home so that it is clearly visible from the street. Also mark the name of your insurance company.
  • Do not go sightseeing, particularly at night.
  • Make temporary repairs to your roof with tarpaulins as soon as possible to limit further water damage to the inside of your home.
  • Document all damage with a camera.
  • Beware of hazards such as gas leaks, downed power lines, stray animals, damaged home wiring, broken glass, chemical spills and weakened trees.
  • Wear sturdy shoes and use gloves for clean ups.
  • Do not use candles for light. Battery powered lanterns and flashlights are best.
  • Follow generator instruction manuals for the safety procedures.
  • Check the credentials of anyone hired to assist in repairs to your home. Get estimates and guarantees in writing and be sure the contractor is licensed and insured.
  • Understand that disaster can cause an emotional toll on family members. Accept assistance from faith-based organizations, voluntary agencies or professional counselors for anyone showing signs of profound sadness, grief or anger.

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