The storm has passed, what should I do?

Once the storm has passed, you must still consider safety.  The following tips should help.

Roadway Tips:

  • Listen to local officials before venturing out.
  • Stay off roads as much as possible
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  • Don't drive through standing water.  You could be stranded, injured or swept away by flash-flood waters.
  • Avoid downed power lines, and report them to authorities.

Power Outage:

  • If there is a power outage, use flashlights instead of candles.  Fires spread rapidly during emergency situations when decreased water pressure and transportation problems may hinder firefighters.
  • Never try to touch or moved downed power lines or broken electric or gas connections.

Food and Water Safety:

  • Know food safety - if you aren't sure whether the food is safe, don't eat it.  You might not have quick access to emergency medical care to treat food poisoning because of blocked roadways or other storm-related delays.
  • Throw out food and medicine that may have come in contact with flood waters.
  • Water treatment - If you have the slightest doubt about water safety for drinking, purify it by using one of the following measures:
    • Boil for 10 minutes and pour between containers to replenish oxygen
    • Add eight drops of liquid chlorine bleach (5.25% sodium hypochlorite/no soap) per gallon.
    • Add water purification tablets per manufacturer's instructions.
    • Water can be safely stored in a cool dark place for up to six months.

General Tips:

  • Inspect your home for damage.  Take pictures for insurance purposes.
  • Don't allow children to play or swim in flood waters.


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