Staying Safe After a Hurricane

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Hurricane safety is all about staying informed. Listen to officials, check our website for alerts and instructions, and sign up for alerts

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has put together a comprehensive guide about staying safe after a storm, which covers everything from flooding to drinking water to staying safe outside.

General tips for post-hurricane safety:

  • Be careful during clean-up, wear protective clothing (long-sleeves and sturdy shoes) and work in pairs or groups.
  • Save your phone for emergencies - Phone systems are often down after a disaster and power can be limited. Use text messages or social media to communicate when possible, and only make calls in case of emergency.
  • Assess and document any public or property damage: After you are sure the severe weather threat has ended, check your property for damages and document with photographs. Contact local authorities if you see power lines down (call 311). Stay out of damaged buildings. Be aware of insurance scammers and contact your insurance company for assistance.
  • Check-in with family and loved ones (via text or social media) to let everyone know you're OK.

Power and Electronics

  • Turn off the power at the main breaker in your house if the device is still plugged in. Wait for an electrician to check the device before using it.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off electricity at the main breaker or fuse box to prevent electric shock.
  • If you must use candles, keep them away from anything that can catch fire. Always stay near lit candles.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and make sure your family knows how to use it. Read about fire extinguisher safety here.

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