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RECOVER AFTER A HURRICANE

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Just because a hurricane is over, does not mean the danger has passed. The cleanup from a hurricane can often lead to additional injuries and even deaths. As the storm winds down continue listening to WMBF News for the very latest updates. Stay alert for extended rainfall and flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended. If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe and make sure you have the proper re-entry documents. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges.

Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.

Stay out of any building that has water around it. Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. Use flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles.

Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated. Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out. Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury. Watch animals closely and keep them under your direct control.

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