FEMA's Tips for After a Hurricane

Return home only after authorities say it is safe to do so. Keep tuned to your local radio or tv station for recovery information. Once you are there, these following tips will help you assess the damage to your home and property.

  • Beware of downed or loose power lines.
  • Report them immediately to the power company, police or fire department.
  • Enter your home with caution. Open windows and doors to ventilate or dry your home. Do not use candles or open flames in doors. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.
  • Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, quickly leave the building and leave the doors open. Call the gas company.
  • Look for electrical system damage. If you see sparks or frayed wires, turn off electricity at the main fuse box. If you have to step in water to reach the electric box, call an electrician for advice.
  • Check for sewage and water-line damage. If you suspect there is such damage, call the water company. Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until notified it is safe to do so.
  • Take pictures of the damage for insurance claims and contact your service agent.