Protect your family, home
- Don't call police, emergency or utility officials unless you have a life-threatening emergency.
- If you must call loved ones, be brief to keep lines free.
- Use cell phones sparingly. They may be the only working phones, and a limited number of cells will be operating.
- Expect to redial several times before completing a cell call. If you find regular phone service is unsatisfactory, try your cell phone's text messaging or walkie-talkie features.
- Keep children away from debris or dangerous areas.
- Plan to wear old clothes you don't mind throwing away. They might well be stained or torn during cleanup.
- Wear sturdy shoes, such as construction boots, if you have them. NEVER walk barefoot! The ground likely will be littered with broken glass and other sharp debris.
- Watch your step. You easily can twist an ankle, or worse, and medical help likely won't be easily available.
- Wash hands regularly and treat injuries promptly. Wear construction gloves if available. You'll be handling dirty and perhaps contaminated or even toxic materials.
- Keep a flashlight handy. Even during the day you might be in dark spots.
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