What to do after a Disaster

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Whether returning home or venturing outside for the first time, beware of new dangers that may have arisen because of the disaster. You may experience washed out roads, downed power lines/poles, contaminated drinking water or other hazards. Report problems promptly to local officials so that corrective measures can be taken.

Inspect your home for damage

  • Look for structural damage, loose or damaged electrical wires, and gas leaks before re-entering your home. If you doubt the safety of the structure, contact a professional before entering.
  • Do not enter a fire damaged house until the authorities have inspected it.
  • Check the refrigerator and discard spoiled food
  • Contact your insurance agent.