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CARIBBEAN TRUST-Caribbean Mitigation
AFTER THE STORM
Stay tuned to local radio for information.
Help injured or trapped persons.
Give first aid where appropriate.
Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger
of further injury. Call for help.
Return home only after authorities advise that it is safe to do so.
Avoid loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the
power company, police, or fire department.
Enter your home with caution. Beware of snakes, insects, and animals driven
to higher ground by flood water.
Open windows and doors to ventilate and dry your home.
Check refrigerated foods for spoilage.
Take pictures of the damage, both to the house and its contents for insurance
Drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out
Use telephone only for emergency calls.
INSPECTING UTILITIES IN A DAMAGED
Check for gas leaks--If you smell gas or hear blowing
or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off
the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company
from a neighbor's home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must
be turned back on by a professional.
Look for electrical system damage--If you see sparks or
broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity
at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water
to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for
Check for sewage and water lines damage--If you suspect
sewage lines are damaged avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If
water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid the water
from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.
Mitigation includes any activities that prevent an emergency,
reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or lessen the damaging effects
of unavoidable emergencies. Investing in preventive mitigation steps now
such as strengthening unreinforced masonry to withstand wind and flooding
and installing shutters on every window will help reduce the impact of
hurricanes in the future. For more information on mitigation, contact
your local emergency management office.
Permission requested to use information from www.fema.gov