Safety

Pre- Storm Tips

  • Keep roof inspected and maintained.

  • Keep gutters clear of any debris.

  • Close blinds, drapes or curtains to help prevent glass from coming inside the building.

  • Own a battery, solar or crank operated weather radio.

  • Have medications and first aid supplies for three to five days for you and your pets.

  • Have extra cash in case of power outages as you may not have access to an ATM.

  • Extra blankets, pillows and towels.

  • Own battery-operated flash lights.

  • Three to five days of bottled water and non-perishable food.

  • Food, water and health records for your pets.

  • Any needed health records for yourself and family.

  • Owning a portable phone charger.

  • Emergency numbers on a laminated card as well as any important documents such a insurance, identification cards, social security cards in water proof bags or containers.

  • Safe room for shelter during severe weather.

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Post- Storm Tips

  • Document damage to your home before clean up with photos or video, and compile a written list of damaged items.

  • Read your homeowner insurance policy thoroughly to see what is and isn’t covered before contacting the insurance company.

  • If you suffered serious damage, consult with a roofing contractor. Do not attempt to get on roof.

  • Check for leaks by looking for water spots on ceilings

  • Check for down power lines or gas leaks. If you find either notify your utility provider. Do not approach a downed line.

  • Avoid flood waters as the water could be contaminated or electrically charged from down power lines.

  • Enter the building carefully. If your door sticks along the top as you try to enter stop and do not enter. This could be a sign of more sever roof damage.

  • Do not light any candles, cigarettes, or operate electrical switches around the house until the building is inspected. When cleaning never mix bleach with ammonia products containing ammonia.

 

Important Contacts

FEMA
1-800-621-3362
Helping people before, during, and after disasters.

Red Cross
1-800-733-2767
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies.

National Relief Network
616-225-2525
The NRN is an organization committed to bringing large numbers of volunteers to areas for aide and rebuilding.

Colorado 811

Dial 811 or 800-922-1987
To facilitate damage prevention and find utility lines before you dig.