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After the Storm

Safety tips to follow after a major storm

Once the "all's clear" has been given by local officials, you can come out of your safe room--but use extreme caution. If your home has structural damage keep out until it is inspected by officials.


  • Locate the fire extinguisher before attempting to turn the power back on.


  • Stay away from all downed power lines and especially water puddles near downed lines.


  • Supervise children at all times.


  • Do not use the telephone except for emergencies. Do not dial 911 unless it is a life threatening emergency.


  • Do not report individual power, water, gas or phone problems. Utility companies will restore service as quickly as possible. Be prepared for the possibility of a long wait. Try to be patient.



  • Do not drink tap water until you have been assured by officials that it is safe.


  • Do not pile debris near power poles as it may impede repairs.


  • When possible, call your out of town contact and tell them you're alright.


  • Avoid driving.


  • Tune to your local TV or radio stations or log on to for the latest updates.


  • Be aware of and obey curfew laws.


  • Use caution in approaching someone else's property, you could be mistaken for a looter.


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