Hurricane Checklist: Aftermath

If the hurricane was severe and radio and television are not available, official information will be posted at public facilities such as churches, schools, and community centers.

  • Help injured or trapped persons, giving first aid when necessary. However, DO NOT MOVE SERIOUSLY INJURED PERSONS UNLESS THEY ARE IN IMMEDIATE DANGER OF FURTHER INJURY.
  • Keep an eye on children and make sure that their feelings are taken into consideration as you begin the recovery process. Children do not communicate their feelings as well as adults can.
  • Avoid loose or dangling power lines; report any to the proper authorities.
  • Check refrigerated foods for spoilage and discard any rotten food properly.
  • Be aware of snakes, bees, and other dangerous animals that may be more aggressive as a result of the storm. Also, animals may take refuge on your property if it is dry and their habitat is flooded.
  • Be extremely careful when using chainsaws. Read owners manual and adhere to all safety precautions.
  • Use 911 for emergencies only. Remember that fire, rescue, and police crews will be overwhelmed with the recovery effort.
  • Take extra precautions to prevent fire. Lowered water pressure, among other problems, as a result of the hurricane may make fire fighting difficult. Do not burn any debris until permission is granted to do so by proper authorities.
  • Take photographs of any damage to your property for insurance purposes. Notify your insurance agent and leave word of where you can be reached.

Cash donations are preferred during relief efforts unless specific goods are requested.
It may take some time to get your life back to normal. Be thankful that you survived and do what you can to be a part of the recovery process. But most importantly, have patience.