In the hours after a storm

Inside your Home

* If there is no power, make sure the main breaker is on
* If the breaker is on, but you still have no power, contact the utility company
* Use flashlights for lighting, DO NOT USE CANDLES
* Secure pets
* Use your telephone for emergencies only
* Before using your propane or oil heating system, have it inspected by a professional
* Turn off any damaged utilities
* Immediately clean up spilled medicines, poisons bleach, gasoline or other flammable liquids
* Take photographs of all damage for insurance claims prior to repair
* Make temporary repairs to correct safety hazards

Outside your home

* Use caution and exercise good judgment when re-entering disaster area
* Avoid damaged or fallen power poles or lines and downed wire
* Immediately report electrical damage to authorities
* Be alert for hazards
* Beware of downed trees
* Wear sturdy gloves when handling debris
* Check on your neighbors, the elderly and disabled
* Take photographs of all damage prior to repair for insurance claims
* Make temporary repairs to correct safety hazards
* Look for electrictrical system damage
* Inspect the entire length of your chimney
* Pile debris in two piles one for trees branches/ leaves and twigs. Other would be non-vegetation