What to do after a hurricane or Storm

Updated: Nov 17

After a hurricane or storm we can understand how stressful it can be. With some individuals forced to evacuate their homes or the damages which the storm reaped on the area it can be difficult to process or know exactly what to do. So here's some things you will want to keep in mind.

Firstly, don’t expect to return home right away if you were evacuated or went somewhere else during the storm. We know that everyone wants to get home and back to their regular lives but access to certain areas due to damages will be limited and controlled. The reasoning behind this may seem frustrating but it is the only way to ensure that rescue operations can be performed as well as repairs.

If you can we suggest avoiding to drive. There's a few reasons for this one is the damages and flooding may not be known until you get closer to that area. Not to mention leaving the roads clear makes it easier for emergency vehicles to get to where they need to be. If you do see anything unusual or dangerous report it. Report things such as dangling electrical wires, broken water, gas, or sewer lines to your local utility department. Do not report minute things such as individual interruptions. These include things such as power, water, or phone service. When you do get back to your home enter with caution. The condition of you home may not be apparent upon first glance therefore carefully walk through and asses your damages. Ceilings, windows, and walls may have experienced damages due to the storm and weakened the stability/ safety of your home. Another thing to keep in mind is because the storm ruins many things indoor and outdoors, critter, animals and insects may be lurking in your home. Watch out for snakes, venomous insects, or any other animals that used you home as shelter or got pushed there by the storm. There are numerous things to take into consideration upon entering your home. We mentioned surface level and visible things but there are also some things that are not o easily seen, such as gas leaks. The storm winds and damages can cause gas lines o sever therefore it is important to ensure before using any flammable objects that this is not the case. This goes along with the last point as you are unsure of what condition it could be in. Generators should always be located outside of your home and more than 20 ft away from your home, doors, and windows.

Your Water Supply Is Probably Contaminated

Not to make you worry but usually after a hurricanes a boil water notice is sent out for at least the first 72 hours after a storm. That is why it is important to store some water for that period both to cook with and to drink.

Make Sure You are Staying Informed

It is so important to listen to your local radio stations for instructions about emergency medical, food, and housing assistance.

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