Hurricanes: What to do if You Are Affected

Each year, hurricanes and tropical storms cause millions of dollars in damage throughout Baton Rouge and the River Parishes. Although there are multiple steps you can take to prepare for a hurricane, it is important to also understand what you can do if you are affected by a hurricane. Read on to find out what steps ready.gov has provided for those who have been affected by a hurricane.

Steps to Take if You Are Affected by a Hurricane

  • Stay alert for extended rainfall or subsequent flooding. Even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended, it is important to stay alert for any rainfall or flooding that may be headed to your area.
  • Return home only when officials say it is safe. If you were evacuated from your home before the storm, only return once authorities let you know that it is safe to do so. If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs, text SHELTER + your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area. (Example: SHELTER 12345)
  • Check for loose power lines. Walk carefully around your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before you enter.
  • Avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Stay off the streets and drive only if necessary. If you must go outside, watch for fallen objects, downed electrical wire, weakened walls, bridges, roads and sidewalks. Be sure to stay away from any loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage for insurance purposes.
  • Use battery-powered flashlights. Do NOT use candles. Note: flashlights should be turned on outside before entering – the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas if present.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water. Before using tap water, be sure it is not contaminated.
  • DO NOT use a generator inside home, garage, crawlspaces, sheds, etc. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours.

It is important to stay safe and vigilant after a hurricane or tropical storm has passed through your area. For more tips in addition to the ones listed above, please read the information about before, during and after hurricanes as provided by Ready.gov.

For information about what you can do to prepare your home for hurricane season, please contact ustoday. We can help you make sure you have all of the necessary coverage in place in case a hurricane or tropical storm makes its way through Baton Rouge and the River Parishes.

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