Safety concerns after a storm or weather disaster
Severe weather can strike in an instant, causing damage to homes and infrastructure and displacing families. Major storms, like Hurricane Sandy or Katrina, can wreak havoc on communities and leave entire states in despair. Homeowners may experience flooding, fires, structural collapse or devastation and a loss of essential utilities.
A major storm can affect everyone in your community. Aside from the immediate destruction, storms can also lead to food and gas shortages, disrupt public transportation, close local businesses and prevent trucks from bringing in supplies.
As a homeowner, you’ll naturally want to protect your home, but your main concern should be the safety of your family.
In some situations, you might able to stay in your home - even without access to water or electricity. However, there comes a point when staying put becomes too dangerous, and you’ll need to find temporary shelter.
The key to staying safe after a storm is to be prepared and to know how to react under emergency conditions.
Read on for safety information for dealing with flood waters and power outages as well as tips for preserving food and water during a major storm or weather disaster.