02 November 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Looking Forward: What to Do after Hurricane Sandy

For some, Hurricane Sandy’s weather bands are still alive and well. For others, the storm has subsided and residents in storm-stricken areas are looking to pick up the pieces. Take heed of the following tips for your home after the storm has passed, as presented by http://ready.gov:

  • Walk carefully around the outside your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.
  • Stay out of any building if you smell gas or floodwaters remain around the building.
  • Inspect your home for damage and be sure to take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Once your home has been deemed safe to go inside, do not use a generator inside your garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours.
  • If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 to find the nearest shelter in your area.

Hurricane Sandy

As always, continue listening to a NOAA weather radio for the latest storm updates. (Photo courtesy of NY Times blog.)

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