When can I go back home?
- State agencies
Delay return to your home until recommended or authorized by local authorities. You can find out from local Emergency Management officials (NC and SC) when you can return home. Re-entry after a storm may be restricted depending on damage to property, roads and bridges. To verify road conditions after a hurricane call:
Be sure to carry your identification showing you're a county resident. Accepted identification includes your driver's license, re-entry sticker or permit or your current property tax receipt. Flooding
Due to flash flooding that can occur after a hurricane has passed, avoid driving on coastal and low-lying roads. The surge of ocean water plus flash flooding of streams and rivers due to rains, combine to make the greatest cause of hurricane deaths. Breakers coming ashore hit with an impact of 10,000 pounds per square foot. What to expect after the storm?
- Outdoor hazards
- Limited resources
You can expect polluted water, limited communications, no electricity or gas, sewers backed up and overflowing, structures undermined and severe erosion to shorelines.
Outdoor Hazards - Be aware of outdoor hazards, such as loose or dangling power lines. These lines will be live and can cause electrocution. Report downed lines as soon as possible. Streets will be filled with debris and washouts may weaken roads and bridges. Use extreme caution. Snakes and insects will be prevalent.
Water and Food - Do not use water. Use your emergency supply or boil water before drinking until official word is given that the water is again safe. Guard against spoiled food. Freezers will keep food good for several days if the doors are not opened.
Fire - Fire is an extra threat after a storm due to low water pressure. Water mains may be damaged. Take extra care with fire, as fire fighting services along with other public safety services such as police, may be severely hampered.Property Damage
- Damage Assessment
After the storm, damage assessment teams will do extensive reviews of all areas. The state Emergency Management Divisions will publish a telephone number for all those interested in providing goods and services after the storm has passed.
Make temporary repairs to protect your property from further damage or looting. Use only reputable contractors. In the days following a storm, unscrupulous contractors will prey on unsuspecting homeowners. Check the Better Business Bureau or your local state agencies before hiring someone unknown. Keep all receipts for materials used in repairs.
Insurance representatives will be on the scene immediately following a major storm to expedite the handling of claims. Notify your insurance agent of any losses and leave word where you can be reached. Hardship cases will be settled first by insurance representatives, so be patient.