CRISIS PLANNING TIPS FOR A NATURAL DISASTER
Natural disasters can and will occur at any hour of the day or night. It is the responsibility of the homeowner to prepare exits, escape routes and/or safety zones from or in the home in the event of a fire, flood, tornado, or any other type of natural disaster.
Pre-planning can save lives, as well as extensive property damage. In the event of a natural disaster in which you can or must leave your home, stock your car with emergency supplies to be evacuated with you. Some of these items might include:
Disconnect any utilities if possible before the disaster occurs. If you have a circuit breaker panel board, switch each circuit to the OFF position. If you have fuses, remove fuses from the circuit box.
Close the main gas valve, the water valve and anchor fuel tanks to prevent them from overturning or floating. Also close fuel tank valves.
Before you leave your home, notify a responsible person of where you are going and your anticipated arrival time. Then contact that person when you arrive. If you do not report, this individual can notify the authorities that there may be a problem.
In the event you must evacuate your home, do not return until the following has been done:
After flood water is removed from a basement, shovel mud from the basement and rinse down walls and floors to remove dirt. To remove odors, mop concrete floors and walls with a solution of æ cup 5.25% sodium hypochlorite liquid laundry bleach per gallon of water. Rinse and dry after 5 minutes. Keep safety in mind and do not move the family back into the house until there is electricity, an adequate and safe water supply, toilet facilities, clean and dry bedding and a safe heat supply, if needed. Because of the number of hazards in a disaster area, it is wise not to bring children into the area during cleanup.
Federal Emergency Management Agency, Flood
Emergency & Residential Repair Handbook