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After a Hurricane: Safety Checklist

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.

  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.

  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.

  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.

  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.

  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.

  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.

  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.

  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.

  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.

  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.

  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

  • American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/

  • American Red Cross Safety and Well Bell Being Registration: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

  • If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO to register yourself and your family.

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