What should I do after a natural disaster strikes?
Although each disaster situation is unique, there are some general guidelines you should follow:
  • Check your food and water supplies before using them. Foods that require refrigeration may be spoiled if electrical power has been off for an extended period of time. Also, do not eat food that has come into contact with flood waters.
  • Do not drive unless absolutely necessary.
  • Do not spread rumors about the disaster situation.
  • Do not take lanterns, torches or lighted cigarettes into buildings that have been flooded or otherwise damaged since there may be leaking gas lines or flammable material present.
  • Follow the advice and instructions of your local government authorities on ways to help yourself and your community recover from disaster.
  • If any of your electrical appliances are wet, first turn off the main power switch in your house, then unplug the wet appliance. Allow the wet appliance to fully dry, and then plug in the appliance, and then turn on the main power switch. (never perform these steps if you are wet or in standing water.) If the fuses blow when the electrical power is restored, turn off the main power switch and contact your utility company.
  • If you smell gas in your house, immediately exit the house and notify the gas company and the fire department from a neighbor's house. Do not re-enter the home until you are told it's safe.
  • Stay away from disaster areas. Sightseeing will only interfere with first aid or rescue work.
  • Stay away from fallen or damaged electrical wires, which may still be dangerous. (Consider all wires to be dangerous, including telephone wires.)
  • Use extreme caution when entering or working in buildings that may have been damaged or weakened by a disaster, as they may collapse without warning. Also, there may be gas leaks or electrical short circuits in the building.
For questions, contact Emergency Management.

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