Newsletter – August – Things to do after Hurricane Harvey
If you have family and friends that are in the area affected by Hurricane Harvey, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
To all that have been and are on the ‘front line’ THANK you and God Bless!
Things to do after Hurricane Harvey
from, in part, the American Red Cross
Continue listening to NOAA Weather Radio, keep battery powered radios or televisions at hand.
Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them to your power company.
Stay out of buildings that have water in or around it.
Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of all damage to the building and contents for insurance purposes. File claims by Friday:
Hose down debris and mud left by floodwaters.
Open interior doors with caution, if they stick that could indicate a ceiling is ready to fall or floor, if on a peer and beam foundation, ready to fail. Remove wet wallpaper, paneling where mold could start to grow
Scrub interior surfaces that were in contact with floodwaters with bleach or disinfectant containing bleach.
Use fans, dehumidifiers and products such as calcium chloride pellets and cat litter to get rid of excess moisture.
Avoid drinking or preparing food with tap water until you are sure it’s not contaminated.
As you rebuild increase the strength of garage doors and outside walls to improve wind resistance. Consider installing storm shutters to protect windows in the future.
The Texas Association of Nonprofit organizations has put together a resource page to further assist you on your next steps:https://tano.org/2017/08/29/resources-for-hurricane-harvey/