9) Wait for the Calm After the Storm
The recent impact of Hurricane Florence shows us that storms or disasters can keep causing damage long after it is over. For over a week after hurricane Florence passed, flood waters continued to rise as draining water caused rivers and streams to overflow. Earthquakes can have after shocks and long after wild fires are extinguished the threat of landslides are a distinct possibility. Monitor emergency radio and local weather stations to assess the situation. Avoid using candles and never leave them unattended. Try to use flashlights and battery-operated lanterns instead. If you were evacuated, check with the authorities and ask them whether it’s safe to return home. You’ll also want to be sure the roads have re-opened before attempting to return home. Don’t be in a hurry to get back to see the damage to your house. Safety is number one. The house and belongings can be replaced. You can’t!
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