After the Storm


  • Be patient - access to affected areas will be controlled to prevent looting and injuries.
  • Roads may be blocked and trees and power lines may also be down
  • Local radio and television stations will be a key source of information concerning aid
  • Have valid local identification - access will be limited and proper, up-to-date identification will be required
  • Avoid driving - traffic signals may be not functioning

Safety Tips

For your own safety:
  • Avoid downed and dangling wires when clearing debris and fallen trees - treat all lines as if they are energized
  • Beware of standing water - it may contain power lines, contamination, or other dangers.
  • Be careful with fire and avoid candles. Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns
  • Check for gas leaks - open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home
  • Use your telephone for emergencies only
  • If there has been flooding, have an electrician inspect your home or office before turning on the breaker
  • Use grills outdoors in a well ventilated area
  • Do not use power tools that you are not familiar with
  • Do not connect portable generators to building wiring - this could cause injury or death to neighbors or linemen trying to restore power. Plug appliances directly in the generator


  • Take a video or photos of all damage before repairs and keep receipts for insurance purposes
  • Contact your insurance company - have your policy readily available so you can refer to the extent of your coverage
  • Make temporary repairs to correct safety hazards and minimize further damage - this may include covering holes in the roof, walls, or windows and debris removal
  • Protect yourself from contractor fraud - only hire licensed contractors to do repairs