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What to do if you have a blackout?
- Use only flashlights for emergency lighting. Never use candles due to extreme risk of fire!
- Turn off electrical equipment you were using when the power went out.
- Avoid opening the refrigerator and freezer.
- Never run a generator inside a home or garage.
- Listen to local radio and television for updated information.
What to do if a tree falls?
- Make sure everyone is OK.
- If wires are down, call 311 to report the down tree, 911 if anyone is hurt or injured, and the power company. Then, call the insurance company.
- Take pictures or video of the damage, if you can.
Flood image above via @FDNYEMSwebsite | NYPD going under water at East 8th St and Ave C in NYC due to Hurricane #Sandy
What to do if your house is flooded?
- Use local alerts and warning systems to get information and expert informed advice as soon as available.
- Avoid moving water.
- Stay away from damaged areas unless your assistance has been specifically requested by police, fire, or relief organization.
- Emergency workers will be assisting people in flooded areas. You can help them by staying off the roads and out of the way.
- Play it safe. Additional flooding or flash floods can occur. Listen for local warnings and information. If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, get out immediately and climb to higher ground.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Roads may still be closed because they have been damaged or are covered by water. Barricades have been placed for your protection. If you come upon a barricade or a flooded road, go another way.
- If you must walk or drive in areas that have been flooded.
- Stay on firm ground. Moving water only 6 inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Flooding may have caused familiar places to change. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways. Flood debris may hide animals and broken bottles, and it’s also slippery. Avoid walking or driving through it.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
- Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations.