After the Disaster

  • Use extreme caution in re-entering homes or damaged buildings.
  • Stay away from damaged or fallen utility lines.
  • Be aware of possible gas leaks and do not strike matches or turn on fires if you suspect gas is leaking.
  • If you detect leaking gas, turn off gas valve at meter and notify Gas Company, fire or police as soon as possible.
  • Do not re-enter house until you have been told it is safe to do so, if it has been damaged.
  • Turn off main electric power switch if fuses blow when power is restored after being off; have wiring inspected for short circuits by reputable contractor.
  • Do not eat foods, which have been damaged by water or other mediums.
  • Be sure to follow advice of local authorities concerning food in freezers and refrigerators after an emergency (if your home has been damaged or power has been off for any period of time).
  • Let your family know you are safe after a disaster, if possible, but do not tie up telephones with long conversation.
  • DO NOT REPEAT RUMORS AFTER A DISASTER.
  • STAY AWAY FROM DISASTER AREAS.
  • Don't drive unless necessary. If you have to drive, use extreme caution and avoid areas where there has been damage, or where water is still over streets or in underpasses.