While much attention is placed on storm preparedness, the period just after a natural disaster can be particularly dangerous. Weary residents who are eager to return to their homes are at increased risk for a variety of life-threatening situations, including carbon monoxide poisoning, electrocution, mold exposure and food poisoning. As hurricane season continues, there’s a few important tips to remember. These tips can help keep you and your family safe during uncertain times that follow massive storms and other weather advisories.
TUNE INTO YOUR LOCAL NEWS STATIONS
Local news stations are an essential tool to getting updates and instructions from your local officials about road closures, evacuations and safety hazards that may still affect your area. It’s very important to take action when local authorities suggest as flash floods may come without warning and can be devastating.
CHECK IN WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY
Touch base with friends and family. This can help officials determine who may be in dire need of rescue. Check on those who have medical conditions and those that rely on machines who may not be able to help themselves. This is a crucial step after a hurricane as it can save lives. Always remember to alert the authorities if someone is an emergency.
RETURN HOME WHEN IT’S SAFE
Local authorities have professional resources to determine the safety of an area using aerial views and weather trackers. Listen to the direction provided as to whether or not your area is safe to return to. If you have an emergency and need to return to your home, contact the local authorities to determine the safest way to handle the situation.
AVOID WALKING THROUGH FLOOD WATERS
The average person can be knocked down by only 6 inches of moving flood waters. Vehicles need only one foot of fast moving flood waters to be swept away. These obstacles can be very deadly and should not be taken lightly. Flood waters can also be electrically charged by underground or downed power lines, creating a very dangerous path for unsuspecting travelers.
PHOTOGRAPH THE DAMAGE
Take as many photos and videos as you can of the damage to your property. This provides great assistance when filing insurance claims and can help expedite the process greatly, getting you back on your feet quicker.
PREVENT FURTHER DAMAGE
Do what you can to limit the damage done to your property as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm. Putting a tarp on a damaged roof is an example of preventing more damage that may not be covered. Remember not to put yourself in harms way to do so.
REMOVE HAZARDOUS MATERIALS
Chemicals and other dangerous materials may have come into your home or yard during the storm. It’s important to check for mold in any structure that has water damage. Mold can make people sick, especially those who already have breathing problems. Dry out the area as quickly as possible. If you’re unsure of how long water was in the home, seek professional help for removal.
PREVENT CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a colorless, odorless gas produced by burning fuel. It can cause sudden illness and death if you breathe too much of it. To prevent carbon monoxide poisoning, make sure to never use generators, power washers, grills, or other gasoline/propane equipment indoors. Watch for symptoms of nausea and lightheadedness if you suspect poisoning. Seek help immediately if symptoms arise.
MAKE A HURRICANE PLAN FOR NEXT TIME
Being informed is the best way to stay ahead of the storm. Sign up for alerts and warning through your local news stations and major weather sites. If you live in or close to a flood zone, consider buying flood insurance. It could help you rebuild in case of a disaster. We’ve outlined a family plan here to help you be better prepared.
MAINTAIN YOUR GENERATOR
Keeping your generator in prime working condition is critical for disaster preparedness before and after the storm . We’ve highlighted the benefits of routine maintenance here so you can stay well informed and don’t have to go without power in a time of need. With 24/7 service and knowledgeable technicians all over Florida, we are ready to get you prepared for the next disaster! Contact us today to receive a free quote on regular maintenance!
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