After the Hurricane

After the hurricane is over, be mindful of the following:

  • If you are evacuated, delay your return until it is recommended or authorized by local authorities.
  • Watch out for loose or dangling power lines, and report them immediately to proper authorities. Many lives are lost through electrocution.
  • Walk or drive cautiously.
  • Debris-filled streets are dangerous.
  • Snakes and poisonous insects will be a hazard.
  • Washouts may weaken road and bridge structures which could collapse under vehicle weight.
  • Guard against spoiled food.
  • Food may spoil if refrigerator power is off more than a few hours.
  • Freezers will keep food several days if doors are not opened after power failure, but do not refreeze food once it begins to thaw.
  • Use your emergency supply or boil water before drinking until official word that the water is safe.
  • Report broken sewer or water mains to proper authorities.
  • Take extra precautions to prevent fire. Lowered water pressure in city mains and the interruption of other services may make fire fighting extremely difficult after a hurricane.