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Don’t expect to return home immediately.
Access to damaged areas will be controlled due to rescue and repair
- Avoid driving; leave the roads clear for emergency vehicles.
- Report dangling electrical wires and any broken water, gas, or sewer lines to your local utility department. Do not report individual interruptions in power, water, or phone service.
Enter your home with caution
- Beware of snakes, insects, or other animals driven to high ground by floodwater.
- Be careful with fire. Do not strike a match until you are certain there are no severed gas lines.
- Never use a generator inside your home or garage, even if doors and windows are open.
- Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows.
Water supplies may be contaminated
- The Public Health Department may issue a boil water order for the first 72 hours immediately following the hurricane.
- Use pre-stored water for drinking or cooking until further notice.
- Listen to your local radio stations for instructions about emergency medical, food, and housing assistance.
- Do not call 911 except for emergencies or life-threatening situations.
- Plan ahead where you will take your pets, as most shelters do not admit them.
- Boarding kennels, veterinarians, friends, relatives, or motels that allow pets are possibilities.
- Call your local Humane Society or your veterinarian for more information about pet care in an emergency.