It is the goal of emergency management and your local government to make sure an area, that has been affected by a disaster, is safe to return to. They try to get you back as quickly as possible so that you can begin to rebuild and return to a “normal” way of life as quickly as possible. Review the information below to learn the things you need to be concerned about when returning your home or business following a disaster.
Helping your family
After a Flood
After a Hurricane
After a Tornado
Inspecting Utilities In A Damaged Home
- Check for gas leaks--If you smell gas or hear
blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the
building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you
can and call the gas company from a neighbor's home. If you
turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on
by a professional.
- Look for electrical system damage--If you
see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation,
turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker.
If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit
breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
- Check for sewage and water lines damage--If
you suspect sewage lines are damaged avoid using the toilets
and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the
water company and avoid the water from the tap. You can obtain
safe water by melting ice cubes.