In the immediate hours following a major storm, it is important to make a number of correct decisions,
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) November 01, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of flooding and hurricane damage repair and restoration in the country, is offering tips for handling property damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a storm which is expected to be one of the most damaging and costly natural disasters in US modern history.
In the immediate hours following a major storm, it is important to make a number of correct decisions, both involving the safety of family members as well as the preservation of property and possessions. Residents are advised to keep listening to NOAA Weather Radio or their local news for the latest updates on changing conditions. They should also remain on alert for extended rainfall and flooding that may occur even after the hurricane has subsided.
Residents evacuated from their homes should not return until officials say it is safe to do so. FEMA provides short term housing and shelter for those displaced by major storms. Text SHELTER + your zip code to 43362 to find the nearest area shelter.
Driving is discouraged unless absolutely necessary, and all bridges and flooded roads should be avoided. Be aware of fallen debris and downed power lines. All power line damage should be reported to the power company.
Similarly, beware of the smell of gas and avoid entering any building that smells of gas. Inspect the home or business for damage, keeping in mind that hurricane force winds can compromise the structural integrity of any building, making it prone to collapse.
When entering a building, use a battery powered flashlight, not candles. Turn the light on before entering, as even a spark may ignite leaking gas.
Avoid drinking or preparing food that has been exposed to flood waters, and check refrigerated food for spoilage. Be sure to wear protective clothing at all times, and use the telephone only for emergency calls. Remember that cell phone lines may become overloaded during emergencies.
Do not use a generator inside the home, garage, or crawlspace, as deadly levels of carbon monoxide may develop.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of hurricane damage repair and restoration in the United States, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.