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Hurricane Recovery 101

If you are on or near the east or gulf coasts of the U.S., hurricanes can pose a serious threat. It’s not only important to have an evacuation plan to prepare for a hurricane but to also prepare a recovery plan. Don’t wait until the storm hits to get all the products and supplies you need to stay safe.

 

Not sure how to start? Here’s a list of the basic emergency supplies to have on hand:

Keep an eye out:

Know the protocol that your area follows when disasters could happen. The National Weather Service forecasts, updates, and directs the public via radio, cell phones, computers, and TV. Keep an eye out for instructions on how to avoid the danger or prepare. If an evacuation order is given, leave as soon as possible. It’s important to avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Be sure to unplug appliances and devices and turn off the electricity and the main water valve. Secure all your rooms before leaving, if possible. Grab your pre-assembled emergency supplies and put on warm, protective clothing. Grab cash, credit cards, rain boots, and copies of important papers (such as bank accounts, insurance, etc.). It is ideal to have these items prepared in a similar area.

National Weather Service

Post-Disaster:

If you are getting back to your business after a disaster has hit, it’s time to assess the damage. If you enter the building, walk-in carefully and keep an eye out for anything harmful and unsafe. It’s important to wear sturdy shoes and gloves when near debris. Possible hazards in the facility may include:

  • Natural Gas:
    • If you smell gas or hear a blowing sound, ventilate the area, and leave immediately. Turn off the main gas valve from the outside (if possible) and contact your gas company. Do not use oil, candles, or any kind of flame.
    • Explore Gas Detection
  • Sparks, Broken or Frayed Wires:
    • Check the electrical system unless you are standing in water, wet, or unsure of your safety. If possible, turn off the electricity at the main circuit breaker or fuse box. If the situation becomes/is unsafe, leave and call for help immediately. Do not turn on lights until you’ve been told they are safe to use. An electrical inspection is highly recommended.
  • Water and sewage systems:
    • Pipes might be damaged – if so, turn off the main water valve. Check with your local authorities before using any water. Pump out wells and have the water tested by authorities before consumption. Do not flush toilets until you know sewage lines are intact.

Safety always matters:

Keep in mind that recovering from disasters can and will be a gradual process. The most important thing is the mental and physical well-being of your employees. Don’t forget to monitor your own health:

  • Drink plenty of clean water
  • Eat well
  • Wear sturdy work boots, gloves, and possibly head and eye protection
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water often when working in the debris of the disaster

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