Severe Weather Safety — After the Storm

Severe storms — including hurricanes — can develop at any time of the year, as witnessed by recent events on the southeast coast of the U.S. Once the rains subside, the cleanup and recovery will begin. For those involved in cleanup activities or working in businesses impacted by floods, it’s important that safety measures are followed, since hazards may be present that could result in serious injury or death. The Department of Homeland Security outlines these important reminders on their website, ready.gov:

  • Listen to authorities for information and special instructions.
  • Be careful during clean-up. Wear protective clothing and work with someone else.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.
  • Avoid wading in flood water, which can contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  • Save phone calls for emergencies. Phone systems are often down or busy after a disaster.
  • Use text messages or social media to communicate with family and friends.
  • Document any property damage with photographs.

The links below provide more information about the hazards of hurricane preparedness, recovery and cleanup such as contaminated floodwaters, debris removal and more.