Hurricane Preparedness - After the Storm

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Many disaster-related injuries occur in the aftermath of a hurricane. Here are some steps to protect you and your family.


  • Continue to monitor the radio or TV for advice and/or instructions from local government.
  • Obey all curfew and emergency orders when issued.
  • Remain inside until local authorities say it is safe to leave. If you must go outside, watch for fallen objects and downed electrical wires.
  • If you have evacuated, do not return home until officials announce your area is ready. Remember, proof of residency and/or a tier re-entry placard may be required in order to re-enter evacuation areas.
  • If your home or building has structural damage, do not enter until it is checked by officials.
  • Contact your insurance agent. Take pictures of damage. Keep good records of repair and cleaning costs.
  • Avoid downed power lines and any water in which they might be lying.
  • Be alert for poisonous snakes, often driven from their dens by high water.
  • Beware of weakened bridges and washed out roads.
  • Watch for weakened limbs on trees and/or damaged overhanging structures.
  • Do not use the telephone unless absolutely necessary. The system usually is jammed with calls during and after a hurricane.
  • Guard against spoiled food. Use dry or canned food. Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.
  • When cutting up fallen trees, use caution, especially if you are using a chain saw. Serious injuries can occur when these powerful machines snap back or when the chain breaks.
  • Stay out of areas of heavy storm impact; do not sightsee.
  • Do not drive or walk through standing water. It may be much deeper than you realize and there may be hidden hazards.
  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors.
  • Be patient and careful. Cleanup after a storm can take time.
  • Discard any refrigerated food that you suspect has spoiled.