Hurricane Irma - What to do after Hurricane Irma, Palm Coast, Fl
What to do after a Huricane Irma
Hurricane Irma winds will pass but not the dangers. Remember that many people are killed after the storm passes.
Please heed the advice given by local Flagler county officials. DO NOT sightsee, stay off the roads.
Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
Stay alert for extended rainfall, tornado activity 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.
Be aware of dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
Stay out of any building that has water around it. If you stayed in your home and it is flooded stay in the dryest area.
Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes.
Use flashlights or non fuel lighting.
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.
Do not wade in flooded streets. These contain materials that can cause heath issues
Also many wild animals have been displaced such as snakes, gators and insects.
DO NOT USE your gas stove until you check for leaks.
Keep receipts. If you need to relocate, keep records and receipts for all additional expenses. Most insurance policies cover emergency living arrangements.
Some insurance companies will also pay for buying sandbags and stabilizing damage such as tarps,plastic covers and nails.
CALL A PROFESSIONAL CONTRACTOR TO INSPECT DAMAGE OR REMOVE DEBRIS. Local roofers can install a tarp for you.
Lastly, once the danger has passed and clean up begins, only hire contractors who are insured. If someone gets injured on your property they wil be protected under the business insurance. Having a license does not mean they are insured.