(CNN)Hurricane Florence has come and gone but the risks from power outages, damaged homes and flooding are still very present for some areas. Recovery efforts are underway in North Carolina and other areas hit by Hurricane Florence.
Road safety after a storm
- Only return home when officials have said it’s safe to do so.
- Don’t walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Six inches of fast-moving water can knock a person down, and one foot of moving water can sweep away a vehicle.
- Keep out of the water. Flood water can contain debris, downed power lines and germs.
- Don’t drive around barricades. Follow posted signs and instructions.
Hurricane cleanup at home
- Before entering, check for structural hazards that might make it unsafe to go in the house.
- If you’re able to go inside, open doors and windows to increase ventilation. Use fans to blow air out doors or windows.
- Return to your home during daylight hours.
- To communicate, text instead of calling to allow phone lines to stay open.
- Walk carefully
- Don’t go inside building if you smell gas, if floodwaters remain or if the building was damaged by fire.
- Beware of snakes, insects and other animals that might have moved to different areas due to floodwater.
- When returning to your home, be aware that flood water may contain sewage and other hazards. Keep children and pets away from the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
- Remove and discard items that cannot be washed and disinfected, including toys.
- Clean all hard surfaces such as flooring, concrete, wood and metal furniture, countertops, appliances, sinks and other plumbing fixtures with hot water and laundry or dish detergent.
around your home’s exterior to check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage.
Safe power sources
- Don’t use gas-powered generators or burners inside your home or garage.
- Carbon monoxide poisoning is one of the leading causes of death after storms in areas dealing with power outages.
- Check for gas leaks. If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and leave immediately. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can. Call your gas company from another location.
- Electrical power should be shut off
- All appliances and other equipment and lighting must be dry before use.
until there is no risk of fire, explosions or electrocution. If you smell something burning when the electricity is turned on, even if there’s no visible smoke or fire, mmediately turn off the electricity at the main breaker.
Food and water
- Throw away food
- Do not use contaminated water
- In hot weather, stay cool and drink plenty of fluids to prevent heat-related illness.
- Do not bathe in water that may be contaminated
that may have come in contact with flood or storm water; perishable foods that have not been refrigerated properly due to power outages; and those with an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out.
to wash dishes, brush your teeth, wash and prepare food, wash your hands, make ice or make baby formula.
with sewage or toxic chemicals. This includes rivers, streams or lakes that are contaminated by flood water.