What to do After the Storm

After the storm passes and you have survived the storm, you still have to be alert for other dangers that can cause injury or even death if not handled properly. Depending on the severity of the damage and the population affected, emergency responders will likely be stretched thin and response times will be impacted. After a major storm, we educate the public that emergency response could be 24-72 hours before help arrives. This is why it is so important to have a disaster supply kit for you and your family to survive. We also encourage the public to learn first aid and CPR, contact your local fire department or the American Red Cross for more information.

Here are some important tips to remember After the storm:

 If injured, seek necessary medical care.
 Help others who may be trapped or injured, if it can be done safely.
 Stay out of damaged buildings and any building surrounded by flood water.
 Avoid entering ANY building (home, business, etc.) until local officials indicate it is safe.
 Report broken utility lines to the appropriate authorities.
 Wear sturdy shoes and use extreme caution when entering buildings.
 Use battery powered lanterns or flashlights when examining buildings.
 Watch for loose plaster, drywall and ceilings that could fall.
 Look for fire hazards and beware of possible water, gas or oil leaks.
 Watch out for animals, especially poisonous snakes that may have come into buildings with the
floodwaters.

After Returning Home:
 Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance claims.
 Throw away food that has come into contact with floodwater.
 Pump out flooded basements gradually (about one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage.
 Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible.
 Contact the local health department before
making repairs to septic systems.

Be sure to follow Madison County EMA on all of our Social Media outlets for information after the storm.