Many residents in Florida may be facing such a displacement scenario in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
Cleveland OH (PRWEB) August 27, 2012
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of hurricane and water damage restoration service in the United States, is offering tips to home and business owners on returning home following a severe storm such as a hurricane. Many residents in Florida may be facing such a scenario in the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac.
Once residents have evacuated, it is important to remain in those secure locations until the storm has passed, and even then, an immediate return is discouraged. Many areas will be severely damaged, and as such will be actively dangerous to enter. It is recommended that residents and business owners wait until the all clear has been given by emergency management officials before any attempt is made to return to the property.
Once back, it is imperative to take note of the structure and the condition it is in, as well as the condition of the surrounding buildings and land. In many cases, a home or business may have been severely weakened from wind and water damage, making the structure prone to collapse.
Under no circumstances should any building be entered until structural integrity has been verified.
Also, residents should beware of any downed power lines in the immediate vicinity and report all such lines to the authorities. Do not attempt to touch or move these power lines as any such attempt may result in serious injury or death due to electric shock. Even using materials that are normally nonconductive such as wooden sticks may pose the risk of injury if the stick is wet.
Power may also be knocked out as a result of the storm. If the power was not already shut off in the structure, it should be shut off at this time. The power will eventually come back on, and the homeowner does not want that to happen if they or any other people are standing in or working in standing water. Gas supplies should similarly be shut off, and all utilities should remain shut down until approved by their respective technicians.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water restoration in the country, with service in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.