After the Storm

Typically, more deaths occur after a hurricane than during. These deaths come from people being too anxious to get outside and survey the damage where they come into contact with downed power lines or unstable trees, etc.

Tips to Follow After a Storm
Follow these suggestions for staying safe after the hurricane: Downed Power Lines Fire.jpg
  • Remain indoors until an official "all clear" is given.
  • Notify an out-of-town friend or family member that you are safe and ask that person to tell everyone else. Otherwise, stay off the phones. They are needed for emergency workers. Call 911 only for life-threatening situations.
  • Monitor the storm and official announcements on radio or television. Pay attention to emergency workers.
  • Downed power lines may still be live. Do not touch fallen or low-hanging wires of any kind under any circumstances. Stay away from puddles with wires in/near them. Do not touch trees or other objects in contact with power lines.
  • Gas lines may be leaking. A spark from a cigarette or an electrical switch could trigger an explosion. Don’t strike matches until you’re sure no gas is leaking.
  • Call utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains, overturned gas tanks, etc.
  • Watch out for broken glass, nails and other sharp debris.
  • Snakes and other dangerous animals may be loose. Be cautious when walking around outside or walking your pets.
  • After power is restored, check refrigerated food for spoilage. (Spoiled food is the cause of much sickness 2 days to a week after the storm.)
  • Water may be tainted. Don’t use the water until the local water utility, through the media, says it’s safe to do so. Use only bottled or disinfected water.
  • If your home has sustained damage, be aware that it could still collapse.
  • Watch for weakened roads, bridges, tree limbs or porches which could collapse unexpectedly.
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  • Avoid driving. Roads may be littered with debris, and traffic lights may not be working and signs may be blown down, increasing the risk of accidents. Do not attempt to drive on a flooded road - you can be stranded or trapped. The depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers, downed wires and other hazards.
  • Do an inventory of your supplies.
  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors.