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Natural Disasters and What to Do
Earthquake, Flood, Hurricane, Tornado, Lightning, Winter Storm

Indoors - stand beneath a strong doorway or against inside wall, or get under a strong piece of furniture such as a desk or table. Stay away from windows, masonry and chimneys. Be aware at all times of falling debris.

Outside - move away from buildings and utility wires. Watch out for falling debris. Stay in the open until the shaking has stopped.

In a car - stop in an open area and stay in the car. Do not park near any building, utility poles, on an overpass, or under an underpass.

After the earthquake - check your home or business for fire hazards. Check all electric lines, water and gas outlets. These should all be shut down until they can be verified as safe. Do not use any electrical switches or open fires or flames as this may cause an explosion or fire.

If you smell gas, open windows, shut off the main valve, leave the building and report the leak. Do not go back into the building.

If you have water pipes that are damaged, shut off the main valve if possible. If you have damaged electrical wiring or any short circuits, shut off the electricity at the breaker/circuit box. Do not touch any lose or downed wiring. For those in coastal areas, tsunamis sometimes present a danger and those at risk should leave for higher ground.

If there is a chance of a flood in your area, the following are recommended:

  • Monitor the flood warnings on your television or weather radio
  • Fill your car's gas tank
  • Store water in clean receptacles (buckets, bottles, bathtub)
  • Have 'ready to eat' food on hand that requires no refrigeration
  • Have emergency supplies on hand - flashlights, batteries, portable radio, thermal blankets, etc.

Evacuation - if told to evacuate, do so. Turn off all gas, water, and electricity. If time permits, move furniture, rugs, personal valuables to higher ground or out of hams way.

Flash flood - for areas susceptible to flash floods, leave immediately if told to do so. Should your car stall, abandon it and look for higher ground.

While driving - do not drive through any flood water, especially on a bridge. Even a few inches can sweep a car away. Be aware of downed utility wires, roads damage or flooded underpasses.

While walking - do not try to cross a flooded road or bridge. Be aware of fallen wired.

After the flood - Boil drinking water, do not eat anything that has come in contact with flood water and continue to monitor your local radio or TV station for instructions.

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