5 Tips to Stay Safe After a Hurricane

Hurricane season is here again in Louisiana, and this year is slated to be a big one. So big, you might need a hurricane claim attorney. Scientists predict that there will be up to 20 named storms in 2022, with 10 hurricanes and 5 major hurricanes. While we can’t be sure where they’ll hit, Louisiana and the other states on the Gulf of Mexico are frequently impacted by hurricane winds and weather.

You might already know the steps to take before the storm comes, but do you know what you should do after it passes? The best way to stay safe during the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season is to be prepared, both for the storm and for its aftermath. Read on to find out some of our best safety tips for after the hurricane is over, or find even more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

1. Keep up to Date with Important News

After a storm, the regular rhythms of society become out of whack, making for a chaotic recovery effort at  first. Keep the following tips in mind to stay on top of what’s going on in your area and stay informed:

  • Call 911 to report any emergencies, including gas leaks and downed power lines
  • Call 211 to find shelter and other information about the disaster
  • Monitor the media for condition updates and emergency information

2. Be Wary of Hazards

Just because the hurricane is over doesn’t mean that the danger has passed. Plenty of hazards linger for days, weeks, or even months after a devastating storm, so remember the following:

  • Don’t drive through flooded roads: just two feet of water can sweep you away
  • Stay out of damaged buildings and off roads until authorities deem them safe
  • Steer clear of downed wires, and always assume a downed line is live
  • Don’t return home until it’s safe to do so
  • Be wary of the possibility that trees will be snapped over roofs and roads, and other natural hazards

3. Check Your Home for Damage

Damage to your home can include fallen trees, mold or mildew in your walls or under your floors, or other damages that might be harder to notice at first.

  • If your home is damaged, don’t enter until it’s been inspected by a professional, especially if you can see damage to the exterior walls
  • Consider hiring a qualified electrician to assess the damage to your electrical systems
  • If you have a well, don’t drink from your well until you can have it checked for bacteria or harmful chemicals
  • Don’t turn on your gas, electricity, and water until you know it’s safe to do so
  • If you smell gas, rotten eggs, or otherwise have reason to believe you have a natural gas leak: go outside immediately, and don’t turn on any electrical appliances or switches
  • Take photos and videos to document the damage on your house and contact your insurance company

4. Stay Clean

Flooding can pick up harmful bacteria and chemicals from the sewage plants or other industries and put them down in your drinking water. Make sure to do the following to avoid getting sick after a hurricane:

  • Boil your water before drinking until local authorities have deemed the water supply safe to drink, as potable water may be unavailable after the storm
  • Avoid entering flood water that might be contaminated with oil, gas, or raw sewage
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet from the storm or the flooding, and be wary of mold
  • Throw away food that was in contact with flood water, was exposed to temperatures above 40° F for two hours or more, or otherwise looks “off”

5. Be a Good Neighbor

Louisianans are known for our hospitality and party spirit. After a hurricane, make sure to keep that spirit alive by:

  • Checking in on family, friends, and neighbors, especially older folks or those who might need extra help
  • Texting or using social media to let people outside the disaster area know you’re okay

Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys Hope You Have a Safe Hurricane Season 2022

This hurricane season, we hope that you and your family stay safe, no matter what the weather brings. But if you are impacted by a storm, keep these tips in mind to stay safe in the coming weeks and months. And be sure to not only be safe after the storm, but prepare for the hurricane before it arrives!

If you’ve been injured or suffered property damage during a hurricane because of someone else’s carelessness, give us a call at 888.501.7888 for a free legal consultation. We’ll help you find the compensation you deserve.