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Coastal Community Resilience & Post Storm Recovery

Safety Tips for Hurricanes

The following organizations are trusted resources for helping you to stay safe before, during, and after a hurricane. 

What To Do After The Storm

According to the American Red Cross, individuals should take the following precautions after a storm:

What to do After a Hurricane

  • Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
  • Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
  • Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.
  • Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
  • Stay out of any building that has water around it.
  • Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
  • Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.
  • Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
  • Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
  • Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
  • Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.
  • Use the telephone only for emergency calls.

For Property and Home Owners

Natural Disaster Safety Tips for Pets

The ASPCA provides simples precautions to take with your pet (dog, cat, bird, horse, etc.) in the event of a natural disaster.

  1. Get a rescue alert sticker (available for order through the ASPCA link provided)
  2. Arrange for a safe haven -- do not leave your pets behind. If it's not safe for you, it's not safe for them.
  3. Choose a designated caregiver
  4. Preparer emergency supplies and a traveling kit
  5. Keep the ASPCA on hand -- download the ASPCA mobile app

Special considerations must be taken for horses, birds, reptiles, and other small animals (hamsters, guinea pigs, etc.)

Visit the ASPCA's Disaster Preparedness page for more information.