The Aftermath of a Hurricane
- Do not return to your home or venture outside until all danger has passed.
- When returning to your home, look for visible structural damage before entering. If there is a broken water, sewer or gas line, notify authorities immediately. If phones are out of order, Town workers and police will have access to communication. In most cases, cell phones will also continue to function when lines are down.
- Loose, dangling electrical wires can pose a serious threat, as can downed wires covered by debris. Check carefully.
- Do not use any electrical outlets or appliances until you are sure they are dry and free of water.
- Do not drink water from the faucet until officially notified that it is safe from contamination.
- Refrigerated food spoils rapidly when power is lost. Frozen foods may begin to defrost. Once defrosted, do not re-freeze foods.
- When returning to your community following the storm, avoid driving through streets flooded with salt water. If you must, be sure to immediately hose under the car or take it to a carwash for a chassiswash. Saltwater corrodes and destroys auto mechanisms.
- If your home has been damaged, contact your insurance agent immediately. He/she will advise you of what steps to take.