15 Things To Keep In Mind Once A Hurricane Has Come & Gone
We know waiting out a hurricane can be an extremely stressful situation. While getting outside to check for damage seems like the most important thing at the time, it’s (without a doubt) more important to make sure conditions are safe before you begin assessing damage.
If you’ve never lived through a hurricane (and even if you have, this is just a friendly reminder), keep in mind: your personal safety should always come first. Although sometimes costly, damages to your home and personal belongings can be fixed.
So, just imagine: a hurricane has come and gone and it’s officially safe to go outside. Now what?
- Continue to listen to the radio and TV for important updates
- Stay alert and be prepared for any additional rainfall and flooding
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately
- Inspect your home for damage and take photos for insurance purposes
- Keep your pets close and keep an eye out for wild animals, especially snakes
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water—it might be contaminated
- Check your refrigerator for food that might have spoiled during a power outage
- Assess any vehicle damage and, again, take photos for insurance purposes
- Wear protective clothing and be extremely cautious when cleaning up debris
- Use telephones for emergency calls only
- Never use a generator inside
- Drive only if absolutely necessary
- Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges
- Keep an eye out for downed electrical lines
- Check for gas leaks
Questions? Feel free to ask.