With Hurricane Sandy behind us, it’s time to begin cleaning up the mess it left behind in the Lehigh Valley Area. Putting your life together after a disaster is never easy, and it can seem like an overwhelming task. LCA has assembled a list of tips and links to help with the process.
Health and safety should be foremost on your mind.
- Look out for downed electrical lines. Even if the power is out in the area, assume the line is energized. Stay a minimum of 10 feet away, and keep other people and pets away from the area, too. If someone has been injured by or near a downed line, don’t try to help them or you may also become a victim. Call 911, and then contact your electric utility. For PPL, dial 800-342-5775. For Met-Ed, call 888-544-4877.
- If you spot broken gas lines, or smell natural gas, call UGI at (800) 276-2722.
- Be aware of your surroundings, and watch out for broken glass, nails and other sharp objects.
- Stay away from floodwaters. Too often, people underestimate the force and power of water. The Centers for Disease Control report that more than half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into floodwaters. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near floodwaters.
In addition, you should conduct a Post-Hurricane Review of your household’s response, and develop an action plan for future events like this. Your review may include the following questions:
- Were you ready for initial the power outage? Did you have enough batteries, flashlights, candles, etc. readily available?
- Were you ready for a prolonged power outage? Did you have a place set up to go, or did you have a generator fueled, tested and ready to go?
- Did you have enough drinking water available for a prolonged water service outage?
- Did you have key phone numbers listed on paper?
- Did you have your phones, laptops or other communications devices fully charged?
- What would you do differently to address these (or other) items in the future?
For more assistance with disaster recovery, please click the following links: