What to do to Stay Safe
It's still dangerous out there, so be careful. More injuries and fatalities occur after a hurricane than as a result as the weather itself.
Check your home by walking around the outside first before going in. Check for cracks along the foundation. If you see any, contact a home construction professional to inspect your home before going in it. When entering your home, use a flashlight, not a candle or any type of open flame. If you smell gas, leave your home immediately and call the fire department once you and your family are outside. If you notice that water has been inside your home, turn off the power with a dry stick so you don't get shocked. If any of your sewer or water utilities have been damaged, don't run water or flush toilets until they are fixed. Keep an eye out for fire hazards such as flooded electrical circuits or submerged appliances. Watch out for animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have entered the building with flood waters.
Stay away from flood waters and stay on firm ground. Water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Also, the water may be electrically charged from underground or down power lines.
Avoid loose or dangling power lines. If you see any, immediately report them to power company or fire department.
Proceed With Caution!
If you absolutely have to drive, be sure to follow these rules:
• Drive slowly and approach all intersections with extreme caution.
• Treat intersections with missing or non-working traffic signals as a four-way stop.
• Do not drive though flooded roadways.You can't always tell the depth of the water.
• Don't visit disaster areas. You could slow down emergency operations.
• Obey curfews. Anyone out after curfew runs the risk of getting arrested.
Know the four-way stop procedure:
All vehicles must stop.
The driver of the first vehicle to stop is the first to proceed.
If two or more drivers reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left should yield to the vehicle on the right.
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