Before, During and After the Storm
Before the Storm
- Prepare your emergency water supply.
- Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings.
- Use storm shutters or board up windows to protect your home from high winds and debris.
- Secure or store loose yard items like patio furniture or garbage cans.
- Consider purchasing flood insurance, as regular home insurance may not cover flood hazards.
- Keep important documents like insurance information updated in case they are needed for emergency response.
- Make sure SVEC has your current contact information.
- If you have special medical needs, register with your county’s emergency management office.
- Make sure vehicles have full tanks of gas and are operating properly in case an evacuation is needed.
During the Storm
- Take refuge in a designated storm shelter or an interior room. Always stay indoors.
- Use flashlights, not candles, during any power outage.
- Stay away from floodwaters, as they may contain sewage or dangerous animals such as poisonous snakes.
- Only use generators if they are outside and away from windows.
After the Storm
- Use protective gear like gloves during any cleanup.
- Avoid any power lines, as they may still carry electricity.
- Never attempt to remove any tree limbs or branches from power lines.
- Report any electrical outages in your area to SVEC.
- Give emergency and utility vehicles the right of way to allow for faster recovery.
- If evacuated, monitor reports to determine when it is safe to return home.
- Document any property damage with photos. Contact your insurance company about any damage sustained.
- Contact friends and family to let them know you are safe.