If you have to evacuate your home during a hurricane, you will likely have concerns about abandoning your home during a catastrophic weather event.
While you may be eager to survey the hurricane damage to your property, exercise caution when returning home after a hurricane, as a storm can produce a few threats for homeowners.
Here are some precautions to take when returning home after a hurricane:
- Never go into a flood zone unless a local official has given you the all-clear to re-enter your neighborhood and home.
- Steer clear of wildlife and animal carcasses. The Federal Emergency Management Agency(FEMA) warns that floods can send animals – including snakes – indoors for shelter.
- Do not go into the house if you suspect a gas leak, the structure appears to be damaged or there are floodwaters around the building.
- Bring a battery-operated flashlight and turn it on before you head inside to inspect the damage. A match or the spark from a battery could cause an explosion in the event of a natural gas leak.
Though you will be eager to assess the damage and to begin a cleanup, it is wise to exercisepatience and caution after a hurricane. This will help protect the health and safety of you and your family.
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