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Hurricane Preparations: After the Storm

Hurricane Preparations: After the Storm

With hurricane season well underway, this final installment on Hurricane Preparedness offers suggestions on what to do after a storm has passed.

  • Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.
  • Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
  • Watch out for debris and downed power lines.
  • 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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