Dangers from an extreme weather event do not end once the event passes. Lives can be lost in the aftermath if simple safety rules are not followed. Turn to these helpful recovery tips and important contacts to assist you when the skies clear.
After natural disasters, relief agencies often rely on the help of volunteers. However, most agencies require that volunteers undergo specific training before they are deployed. If you're interested in volunteering, contact the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or other relief agency prior to a hurricane to help ensure that you're registered and trained to volunteer after a disaster.
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For Your Business - After an Extreme Weather Event
- Make your safety and your employees' safety your priority.
- Do not travel until it is safe to do so.
- Call 911 to report dangerous or hazardous conditions.
- Avoid going near fallen power lines and flodded and debris-laden areas that may be hiding downed power lines.
- Use battery-operated flashlights and lanterns (avoid using candles).
- Turn off circuit breakers, disconnect all electrical appliances that are still plugged in and turn off wall switches if your roof or windows leak.
- Read and follow all the manufacturer's instructions if you're using a portable generator, and be sure it is setup outside — away from open windows — and connect appliances directly to it.
- Make emergency repairs only when it is safe to do so. Repairs that prevent looting or further damage should have top priority, but only if the repair can be done safely.
- Take inventory to figure out which items may have been damaged or lost.