Crews from Rapid Recovery Services are deployed to aid cleanup and restoration efforts
“The first 24 hours after a storm causing widespread flooding and water damage are the most important in preventing secondary or permanent damage,” said Dave Norris, Rapid Recovery Service Director of Operations. “A lot of flood situations require professional equipment and knowledge of the science of drying to mitigate, however, there are steps residents and business owners can take to help minimize damage until professional help arrives.”
- If your home is still standing following a severe storm and the authorities have not indicated that it is unsafe to be in, then begin evaluating the damage. Contact an emergency repair company to tarp your if roof if it is damaged and to board up any broken windows or doors. If the water pipes in your home are damaged, turn off the house water supply. If the power is off in your area, turn off your main power breaker to prevent a surge to your home appliances when the power is restored.
- Contact your insurance agent. Some insurance policies will cover the cost of a hotel if your family has to leave the home while repairs are being done. Make a claim to get an adjuster out to your home as soon as possible. An adjuster will evaluate the situation and determine how much money you will get to make repairs.
- Hire a certified storm restoration company to get the necessary repairs done to your home immediately. Quick repairs are essential to getting your house back to normal.
Additional Local Media on the storm …
Comparing Irene to Sandy (aka Frankenstorm)
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As Hurricane Sandy batters the Eastern Seaboard, Twitter is offering free promoted crisis tweets to the Red Cross, FEMA, the New York City’s Mayor’s Office and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency to help keep users updated on the storm. Other state and local authorities can contact Twitter to join the pro bono program.
The site published a blog post Monday afternoon, including a list of suggested accounts to follow for real-time updates on the Frankenstorm, including state and local governments, and relief agencies from Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia. Twitter launched a Hurricane Sandy page at twitter.com/#sandy. The post also suggested following @NOAA, @FEMA, @craigatfema, @femaespanol, @readydotgov, @usNWSgov, @CNNEE, @femaregion1, @femaregion2, @femaregion3, @RedCross and @NHC_Atlantic.
Some great tips from FEMA http://www.ready.gov – Prepare. Plan. Stay Informed!
- Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates.
- Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended.
- If you have become separated from your family, use your family communications plan or contact FEMA or the American Red Cross.
- FEMA has established the National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS), which has been developed to help reunite families who are separated during a disaster. The NEFRLS system will enable displaced individuals the ability to enter personal information into a website database so that they can be located by others during a disaster.
- The American Red Cross also maintains a database to help you find a family. Contact the local American Red Cross chapter where you are staying for information. Do not contact the chapter in the disaster area.
- If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe.
- If you cannot return home and have immediate housing needs. Text SHELTER + your ZIP code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter in your area (example: shelter 12345).
- For those who have longer-term housing needs, FEMA offers several types of assistance, including services and grants to help people repair their homes and find replacement housing. Apply for assistance or search for information about housing rental resources
- Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed¬ out bridges. Stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
- Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company.
- Walk carefully around the outside of your home and check for loose power lines, gas leaks and structural damage before entering.
- Stay out of any building if you smell gas, floodwaters remain around the building or your home was damaged by fire and the authorities have not declared it safe.
- Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance purposes. If you have any doubts about safety, have your residence inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer before entering.
- Use battery-powered flashlights in the dark. Do NOT use candles. Note: The flashlight should be turned on outside before entering – the battery may produce a spark that could ignite leaking gas if present.
- Watch your pets closely and keep them under your direct control. Watch out for wild animals, especially poisonous snakes. Use a stick to poke through debris.
- Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
- Check refrigerated food for spoilage. If in doubt, throw it out.
- Wear protective clothing and be cautious when cleaning up to avoid injury.
- Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
NEVER use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas, even when using fans or opening doors and windows for ventilation. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off.