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The Dos and Don’ts of Staying Safe After a Hurricane

Now is not the time to let your guard down.

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Welcome to the final installment in our three-part hurricane preparedness series. In this article, we break down what to do--and what not to do-- to emerge safely from the storm.

You’ve made it through the storm; the danger has passed, right? Unfortunately, now is not the time to let down your guard. There are a handful of things you should and should not do after a hurricane in order to ensure your safety. Here’s what you need to know.

Dos and Donts of Hurricane Safety - Related

DO stay inside until authorities say it’s safe to go out

It might seem ok to venture out, but there’s a lot you may not be able to see from your window that could pose a threat. From downed power lines to flooded streets, your local officials have the bigger picture. Unless you’re in danger, wait for the ok before leaving your home. 

DO report downed power lines.

To that end, if you do spot a downed power line, be sure to report it to your local power utility so they can restore safety to your area.

DO inspect your home for damage.

If it’s safe to do so, check your home for damage inside and out. If you smell gas, contact the appropriate utility immediately and follow their instructions. Take pictures of any damage you find and contact your insurance agent for next steps. Along the way, keep detailed records-- including receipts-- for any repair and cleaning costs you incur, as they may be needed for your insurance claim.

DON’T operate grills, camping stoves, or generators indoors.

This could cause a build-up of deadly gas within your home. All require appropriate ventilation to avoid a flash fire, explosion, or carbon monoxide poisoning.

DON’T place debris where it’s not supposed to go.

The proper place to put debris is on the right-of-way, away from fences, mailboxes, drains, power lines and low-hanging wires. Do not place debris on vacant lots, commercial properties, nurseries, or farmland. 

Want more hurricane preparedness tips? Check out the previous articles in our series: “How to Get Ready for Hurricane Season,” and “How to Stay Safe During a Hurricane.