After a hurricane, there are certain safety standards that should be observed.

1. Stay where you are if you are in a safe location until local authorities say it is safe to leave. If you evacuated the community, do not return until authorities say it is safe to return.

2. Keep tuned to local radio or television stations for information about where to find medical help, how to apply for financial assistance, etc.

3. Consider your family's health and safety needs. Keep your family together. Set up a manageable schedule to repair property. Be aware of symptoms of stress and fatigue.

4. Talk with your children about what has happened and how they can help during the recovery. Being involved will help them deal with the situation. Consider the needs of your neighbors. People often become isolated during hurricanes.

5. Stay away from disaster areas unless local authorities request volunteers. If you are needed, bring your own drinking water, food and sleeping gear. Another way to help is to donate money to a recognized disaster relief organization. Do not donate food, clothing or other personal items unless they are specifically requested.

6. Drive only when necessary. The streets will be filled with debris. Roads may have weakened and can collapse under the weight of a car.

7. Stay away from river banks and streams until potential flooding has passed. Stay away from downed power lines and report them to the power company. Report broken gas lines, sewer or water mains.

8. Report any conditions that may present a hazard to you, your neighbors, or emergency responders.

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