Returning Home

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It is the goal of emergency management and your local government to make sure an area, that has been affected by a disaster, is safe to return to. They try to get you back as quickly as possible so that you can begin to rebuild and return to a “normal” way of life as quickly as possible. Review the information below to learn the things you need to be concerned about when returning your home or business following a disaster.

Inspecting Utilities In A Damaged Home

  • Check for gas leaks–If you smell gas or hear blowing or hissing noise, open a window and quickly leave the building. Turn off the gas at the outside main valve if you can and call the gas company from a neighbor’s home. If you turn off the gas for any reason, it must be turned back on by a professional.
  • Look for electrical system damage–If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, or if you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker. If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician first for advice.
  • Check for sewage and water lines damage–If you suspect sewage lines are damaged avoid using the toilets and call a plumber. If water pipes are damaged, contact the water company and avoid the water from the tap. You can obtain safe water by melting ice cubes.