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Safety After a Hurricane

Park Avenue Properties - Sunday, October 9, 2016
Safety after a hurricane Below are tips for staying safe after turning home, from the Horry County EMD: Do not touch fallen or low-hanging electrical wires:
  • Avoid puddles with wires in or near them
  • Do not touch trees, cars or other objects in contact with power lines
  • Be especially cautious in the dark
Avoid flooded areas:
  • Low lying areas, canals, ditches and streams
  • Do not attempt to drive in flooded areas - the depth of the water and the condition of the road is not always obvious
  • Moving water is especially dangerous
  • Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers
  • Do not operate charcoal grills, propane camping stoves or generators indoors
  • Do not confront looters and persons with guns and other weapons - call the appropriate authorities
  • If you discover bodies - do not touch or move them - call the appropriate authorities
  • Wash your hands often using clean water and soap
  • Check your home
More tips from the Horry County EMD on what to do when you return home:
  • Look for cracks in roof, foundation, walls, etc.
  • Check for loose or slippery boards
  • Thoroughly check for broken gas lines before turning on gas service
  • Thoroughly check for broken or exposed electrical wiring before switching on electrical service
  • Check with professional heating/AC company before switching on central air conditioning.
  • Flood water (especially salt water) is corrosive to the compressor/heat pump (outside unit).
  • Contact your home owners insurance agent - take pictures for insurance purposes
  • Throw out moldy items that are porous (rotten wood, carpet padding, fabric furniture, etc)
Water safety
This information comes from the Horry County EMD:
Drinking water:
  • Boil and purify water thoroughly if you suspect it may be contaminated
  • Check with local authorities before using tap water
  • Use bottled water if possible

Help after a hurricane

These tips also from the Horry County EMD:
  • Emotional recovery (physical and emotional) is very important:
  • Shock, fear and disbelief are frequent emotions right after a disaster
  • Anger, moodiness, and depression are normal reactions in the days, weeks and months after a disaster
  • Children are especially vulnerable to emotional reactions
  • Seek assistance from family, friends and professionals
  • Contact professional contractors for repairing homes - check references (not everyone offering repair services is qualified or licensed)
Check with local authorities (and radio & TV stations) for disaster recovery assistance services:
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