Federal Alliance for Safe Homes® Offers Central Oklahomans Post-Earthquake Safety Precautions

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Consumers urged to be aware of potential damage to their homes, additional safety steps provided

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“Being aware of the risks of damage to your home will help to keep you and your family out of harms’ way,” says Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO of FLASH.

As officials in central Oklahoma assess for damage from the largest quake to hit the state since record-keeping began, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes® (FLASH) -- the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters -- offers the following post-earthquake safety precautions.

“It’s important for consumers to take safety precautions after an earthquake has passed and to expect aftershocks,” says Leslie Chapman-Henderson, President and CEO of FLASH. “Being aware of the risks of damage to your home will help to keep you and your family out of harms’ way,” she adds.

FLASH provides the following safety precautions:

  •     Don't move injured persons unless they are in immediate danger.
  •     Turn on your TV or radio for emergency information and instructions.
  •     Check utilities for gas and/or water leaks or broken electrical connections.
  •     Be prepared to turn off utilities in the event they are damaged.
  •     Clean up medications, cleaning products and/or flammable liquids.
  •     Check food and water supplies.
  •     Open cabinets carefully to avoid objects falling out.
  •     Ensure water is safe to drink.
  •     DO NOT use matches in damaged areas until all gas lines are checked for leaks (keep flashlights and plenty of batteries at hand).
  •     Use a camera or camcorder to record thoroughly any damage done to your home before any repairs are attempted.
  •     Consider having professionals/licensed contractors inspect your home for damage and help in repairs. This includes electricians and professionals to inspect gas lines, remove uprooted trees and check plumbing.
  •     Remember that downed or damaged trees can contain power lines that can be hazardous.
  •     Use a camera or camcorder to thoroughly record damage to your home before repairs are attempted.
  •     Avoid driving as roads may be blocked.
  •     If you do leave your home, make sure that carry current identification. You may have to pass through identification checkpoints before being allowed access back to your home/neighborhood.
  •     Avoid sightseeing or entering damaged areas unnecessarily. You could be mistaken for a looter.
  •     Avoid downed power lines even if they look harmless.
  •     Avoid metal fences and other metal objects near downed lines.

For more consumer education information about earthquakes visit http://www.flash.org.

About FLASH

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes® (FLASH), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH collaborates with more than 100 innovative and diverse partners that share its vision of making America a more disaster-resistant nation including: BASF, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot®, International Code Council, Kohler Power Systems, National Weather Service, RenaissanceRe, Simpson Strong-Tie®, State Farm®, USAA® and WeatherPredict Consulting Inc. In 2008, FLASH opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting http://www.flash.org or calling (877) 221-SAFE (7233). Also, get timely safety tips to ensure that you and your family are always well protected from natural and manmade disasters by subscribing to the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH.

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