After a Disaster

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions. 

  • Only leave your home or place of shelter after officials say it is safe to do so.

  • Check in with family and friends by texting or using social media. 

  • If you evacuated, return home only when authorities indicate it is safe. 

  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away. 

  • Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away. 

  • Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim. 

  • Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs after the storm. 

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