Staying Safe Before, During, And After A Major Storm
Follow these tips to avoid storm and cleanup-related injuries: Before A Storm
During A Storm
- Monitor local TV and radio broadcasts for up-to-date emergency information.
- Consult your family emergency plan, identifying meeting places, contact information, and responsibilities.
- Prepare your home by protecting windows and clearing your patio and yard of lawn furniture, toys, and debris.
- Locate the nearest shelters.
- If you're evacuating...
- Take cash, credit cards, and important documents.
- Make arrangements for pets. Contact your local humane society for information on animal shelters.
- Plan an evacuation route and be prepared to drive 20-50 miles.
- Turn off electrical power and natural gas or propane tanks to avoid fire or electrocution.
After A Storm
- Continue to monitor local broadcast media for updates.
- Do not go outside or drive around.
- Go to a safe room with few or no windows at the center of the structure.
- Wait until after the storm to contact OUC about your power outage unless it is a life-threatening emergency.
- Do not use the dishwasher or washing machine to help prevent overflowing the storm water system.
- If you loose power, keep your refrigerator doors closed as much as possible to maintain coldness.
- Obey curfews and don't go out until authorities have declared the area safe.
- Notify OUC about downed power lines as soon as possible and avoid them. Do not attempt to move or repair power lines.
- Do not drive through standing water if downed power lines are in the area. If a power line falls across your vehicle while driving, continue to drive away from the line. If the engine stalls, do not turn off the ignition. Stay in your car, unless it is on fire, and wait for emergency personnel. Do not allow anyone other than emergency personnel to approach the vehicle.
- If you evacuated and are returning to your home after the storm, make sure the main electrical switch to your home is off before entering the structure.
- Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches.
- Wear proper clothing, including shirts with long sleeves, long pants, and safety shoes or boots, when cleaning up after a storm.
- Familiarize yourself with proper safety procedures before operating before operating a gas-powered or electric chainsaw.
- Wear safety glasses and/or face shield and gloves when operating power equipment.
- Never use a chain-saw overhead or in the vicinity of power lines.
- Do not trim trees around power lines. Call OUC regarding any trees or limbs near power lines.