After the Storm

If you have evacuated from the city, do not return until you have been notified that the evacuation order has been lifted. Unsafe condition may exist in the city long after the storm has passed. The lifting of a mandatory evacuation order will be publicized in the local media.

Safety Procedures

When you return home please follow these safety procedures:
  • Avoid weakened bridges and washed out roads. Do not drive into flooded areas.
  • Roads may be closed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, turn around and go another way.
  • Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from under-ground or downed power lines.
  • Check gas, water, and electrical lines and appliances for damage.
  • Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until you are certain it is not contaminated.
  • Avoid using candles and other open flames indoors. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.
  • Use the telephone to report life-threatening emergencies only.
  • Be especially cautious if using a chainsaw to cut fallen trees.