For those of you that don’t know, JennaBenna is located in Orlando, Florida, where we were just hit by the incredibly powerful Hurricane Irma. Our hearts go out to those who have been impacted by this storm. We wanted to give you all some post hurricane tips, that way our readers that have been impacted by this storm stay safe, and are well prepared.
- Drive only if necessary. There could still be rain coming, and even flooding, so only drive if you absolutely have to.
- Avoid loose or dangling power lines, and also make sure they aren’t in a puddle you might walk into. If you see power lines like this, report them as soon as you can.
- Avoid using the tap water, as it may be contaminated.
- Wear proper clothing and be careful when cleaning up. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris to avoid getting hurt.
- Never use a generator inside your homes, garages, crawl spaces, sheds, or similar places, even if you’re using fans or opening doors and windows for air flow. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can build up quickly in those spaces, and can linger for hours, even after the generator has been turned off.
- Report you damaged items to your insurance as soon as possible. Also, keep the items so you can prove they were damaged. Take pictures, and make a list of the items.
- If you evacuated, wait until authorities tell you it is okay to return home. You don’t want to leave when you think it’s over. It could just be the eye of the storm, or there could be more damage than you know about. Trust the authorities, they’re looking out for you.
- Don’t enter any buildings with visible damage. You could still get hurt, and there could be a lot going on inside that you don’t know about, like electrically charged floodwater from downed powerlines.
- Turn on a battery-powered lights before you enter a damaged home or building that was evacuated. A battery spark made inside the enclosed space could ignite gas if a leak is there.
- Don’t drive through floodwaters. The water may be deeper there than you know, and there can be things that you can’t see that can hurt you, or your vehicle.
Be smart. Be safe. Be cautious. You will be okay, but make good decisions. Do what you can to stay in contact with your family and friends, and don’t worry. You will get through this.
Blog contributed by Lillian Homan.