- Determine Structural Stability
If you are not certain the building is safe or if you have any question regarding personal safety, stay out and have a professional make an assessment.
If the building is determined safe, walk in carefully and inspect indoor stability. Do not enter any deep standing water.
If your property is determined unsafe or you cannot live in your home while repairs are being made, make arrangements for temporary alternate lodging. Keep records of all additional expenses incurred as a result. Most insurance policies will cover additional living expenses.
- Cut off power supply
Turn off the power to your home by disabling the main circuit breaker panel even if the neighborhood power grid is down. The panel is usually installed in the garage, utility room, basement, or outdoors on the side of the home. If you choose to use a generator for temporary electricity supply, do not run it in an enclosed area.
- Turn off water supply
- Turn off gas supply
- Beware of animals
- Use protective gear
- Disposable plastic gloves
- Respirator with a particulate filter, N-95 respirator, or half-face respirator with a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter
- Goggles or protective eyewear
- Disposable full body clothing, coveralls, or a lab coat
- Head gear
- Rubber boots or foot coverings
Be sure to use disinfectants to wash hands, especially before eating.