After a hurricane or flood there are many things that you may need to do depending on the strength and severity of the hurricane. While the most dangerous part of the storm may have passed there are a lot of things that can still cause harm if not handled correctly after the storm. From left over storm debris or damaged roads to spoiled food or mold issues there is a lot to consider. Below is a handy list composed by The Red Cross of what to do after a hurricane.
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- Listen to a NOAA Weather Radio for critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS) or NWS Jax.
- Also keep connected with local news stations such as News 4 Jax, First Cost News, or Action News Jax.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
Keep Out of Harms Way
- 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.
- 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.
Other Things to Consider
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
- 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.
- Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
Clean up & Rebuild
- Secure double entry doors at the top and the bottom.
- Strengthen existing garage doors to improve the wind resistance, particularly double- wide garage doors.
- Protect windows with permanent storm shutters or one-half inch marine plywood that is pre-cut to fit your doors and windows.
- Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts to prevent flooding and unnecessary pressure on the awnings.
- Select trees that are not as subject to uprooting to replace damaged ones. A gardening or landscaping professional can give you excellent advice.
- Identify a place to store lawn furniture, toys, gardening tools and trash cans that is away from stairs and exits to prevent them from being moved by high winds and becoming missiles.
You may want to have your home inspected by professionals for:
- Roof Damage (Roofer or general contractor)
- Home Damage (Insurance representative)
- Water Damage (In the case of flooding)
- Mold Development (In the case of flooding)