2403 South 18th St. Suite 200, Union Gap, WA 98903 - Phone: (509) 574-1900
Returning Home After A Disaster
- Put on sturdy, hard-soled shoes and work gloves for protection.
- Use the phone only to report a life threatening emergency.
- Use a battery operated radio to get any emergency updates.
- Call your insurance agent.
- Keep records of all clean-up and repair costs.
- Don't throw away damaged goods until a complete inventory is made, and
photos taken of your home and damaged goods.
- Notify disaster relief services if you need housing, food, etc.
- Secure personal belongings.
- If you are a tenant, notify the landlord.
- If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound--open a window and leave the
building. Shut off the main gas valve outside.
- If there is electrical damage-switch off the power at the main control
- Check for injured or trapped persons. Give first aid where appropriate.
Do not move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger
of further injury.
- If water pipes are damaged, shut off the main water supply valve.
- Do not flush toilets until you know that sewage lines are intact.
- Clean up spilled medicines, bleaches and flammable liquids.
- Stay away from flood waters.
- Stay away from downed power lines.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and clean water if you come in contact
with flood waters.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet in the flood. The mud left
behind by flood waters can contain sewage and chemicals.
- Throw out food, cosmetics and medicines that have come into contact with
- If your basement is flooded, pump it out gradually (about 1/3 of the water
per day) to avoid damage. The walls may collapse and the floor may buckle
if the basement is pumped out while the surrounding ground is still waterlogged.
- Stay out of burned structures.
- Ask the fire department for assistance in retrieving important documents.
- Be prepared for after shocks.
- Be careful when entering a damaged building. If you have any doubts about
the integrity of the building, have the structure inspected by a professional
- Open cabinets cautiously. Beware of objects that can fall off shelves.
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