Hurricane safety tips from the Red Cross.
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This article is from the Red Cross and contains helpful tips for Hurricane victims safety.
- Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates about the hurricane.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
- 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.
- Use flashlights in the dark. Do not use candles.
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you’re sure it’s not contaminated.
- Check refrigerated food for spoilage after a hurricane. If in doubt, throw it out.
- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
- Watch your animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
- If your community has experienced a hurricane, or any disaster, register on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website available through RedCross.org/SafeandWell to let your family and friends know about your welfare. If you don’t have Internet access, call 1-866-GET-INFO (1-866-438-4636) to register yourself and your family.
Furthermore, flooding is a serious aftermath of a hurricane. The following are the things you and your family can do for any hurricane-related floods.
- Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
- When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from flood waters after a hurricane. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you’re caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground.
- Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgement about running water and contaminated water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
- Standard homeowner’s insurance usually doesn’t cover flooding. If you need more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood Insurance Program website at www.FloodSmart.gov.
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