Now that hurricane Matthew has passed and left a wake of destruction throughout multiple islands in The Bahamas & Caribbean many people are left without electricity, water and other essential items. I am thankful my family & I made it through with minimal damage to our homes, but others have not been so lucky.
Here are a few tips for dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew:
- Keep your phone charger on hand and try to charge if you are at a business, friend or family members home that has power
- Stay hydrated
- Travel with containers/jugs to collect water
- Visit friends or family members, play a game, start a conversation or just spend time to keep your mind off of all the destruction & the stress that comes along with it.
- Eliminate standing water from flower pots, open containers, boats etc.
- Clean up debris
- Make sure your breakers/power supply is off until power is restored & an electrician has checked your home (when the power comes back on there is a possibility of starting a fire)
- Drive only if necessary, and avoid flooded roads. Watch for fallen objects & downed electrical wires.
- Take photos of the damage to your home, property and personal items for insurance claims.
- Make sure you keep portable generators outdoors to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Do not use electrical or gas appliances that have been wet, and do not turn on damaged appliances because of the hazards of electric shock or fire.
- When power returns to your home, Turn on appliances gradually to reduce any possible damage.
- Protect yourself from mosquitos.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Lets continue to help our friends, family and even neighbors we may not even know or speak to. If you have electricity invite a friend over to charge their phones or for cold water and a warm meal. Help out where you can & don’t forget to ask for help if you need it. I hope all of my viewers made it through the storm okay. <3