The hurricane is over. You are filled with both relief and fear. What happens next?
Here is a checklist of what you should do after a hurricane.
- If you have cell phone service and/or power, check in with family members and friends. Texting and social media are great options and won’t use as much battery as a phone call if you need to conserve your battery life.
- Listen to official news reports for instructions in your area.
- If you have evacuated, don’t return home until authorities have given the all clear.
- Be careful of downed powerlines and report them to your local electric company.
- Be careful around debris and make sure children stay clear. Many injuries occur from improper debris clean up.
- Do not let your children play in flood waters. If possible, you should also avoid walking through flood waters. Not only is there risk of injury from debris, but if there’s a current it adds a whole new level of danger.
- When cleaning your home, wear rubber gloves as there could be toxic cleaners or other chemicals that could have leaked.
- Try to keep your vehicle away from flood waters. Did you know that just one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your car away?
- For insurance purposes, take pictures of any damage to your property. You may need this later if you have any insurance claims to submit.
- Try to perform temporary fixes to prevent further damage. For example, applying a tarp on your roof if you have any leaks, or taping plastic bags or other material over a broken window.
- If you lost power, throw out all perishable food and beverages.
- Keep an eye on your local weather forecast and watch for any rainfall that may come after the storm has ended.
Although you will be tempted to explore your local area, or check on family and friends in person, it is important to still only drive if necessary, especially if there is flooding.