During a Hurricane
- Continue monitoring the storm via local radio, NOAA radio, TV, and internet. Be on the lookout for evacuation alerts.
- Secure your home and close storm shutters
- Gather all outdoor furniture or belongings indoors or tied to a secure spot.
- If instructed, unplug appliances and turn off utilities, this includes electricity and the main water valve. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator and freezer thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.
- Move freezable items from the fridge to the freezer.
- Turn off propane tanks.
- Have your cell phone on a charger so it’s ready to go. Then avoid using the phone except for serious emergencies.
- Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
- Stay inside, away from windows and glass doors, and make sure all doors are closed, including blinds.
- Take refuge in a small interior room, closet, or hallway on the lowest level – or lie on the floor under a table or sturdy object.
After a Hurricane
- Have emergency contacts – whether friends or family – and notify them of your safety.
- To prevent harm from electrical hazards or other dangers, do not return home if you’ve been evacuated unless authorized to do so.
- Do NOT drink tap water unless cleared by local authorities.
- Check the temperature in your fridge or freezer. Anything that has remained at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder is safe to eat. Otherwise, throw it out to be safe.
- If any food has been in contact with flood water, throw it away to avoid ingesting any waterborne diseases, chemicals, etc.
- In your home, immediately remove or air out water-damaged items to help minimize the chance of mold growing in your home.
- Document any damage with photos and contact your insurance company for assistance.
- Avoid driving or walking through floodwaters, which may be electrically-charged and contain debris.
For professional fire, water, and mold restoration services, contact our Anchor WDR office.