Please tune into the news stations for updated information regarding the Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaias that is expected on the East Coast on Tuesday, August 4.
Everyone should be careful not to drive through standing water or be out driving in a torrential downpour. The winds are anticipated to be strong. Please remain inside, if possible.
Here are some tips for preparing for a tropical storm or hurricane:
Stay out of floodwater.
- Always follow warnings about flooded roads.
- Do not drive in flooded areas—cars or other vehicles will not protect you from floodwaters. They can be swept away or may stall in moving water.
- If you have to be in or near floodwater, wear a life jacket, especially if the water is rising.
- Wash your hands with soap and water if you have been in floodwater. If you do not have soap or water, use alcohol-based wipes or sanitizer. Floodwater can contain many things that may harm health, including germs, dangerous chemicals, human and livestock waste, wild or stray animals, downed power lines, and other contaminants that can make you sick.
Never use a wet electrical device.
- Turn off the power at the main breaker in your house if the device is still plugged in. Wait for an electrician to check the device before using it.
- If the power is out, use flashlights instead of candles. If you have to use candles, keep them away from anything that can catch fire. Always stay near lit candles.
- Keep a fire extinguisher handy, and make sure your family knows how to use it.
Prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Fuel-burning equipment creates carbon monoxide (CO). This can include equipment like generators, pressure washers, charcoal grills, and camp stoves. You cannot smell or see carbon monoxide, but if it builds up in your home, it can cause sudden illness and death.
- Never use portable gasoline or coal-burning equipment or camp stoves inside your home, basement, or garage. Keep it outside and at least 20 feet from any window, door, or vent.
Use a battery-operated or battery backup CO detector any time you use a generator or anything else that burns fuel.
If you have a CO detector and it starts beeping, leave your home right away and call 911.
Be careful near damaged buildings.
- Do not enter a damaged building until local authorities determine it is safe. Hurricanes can damage buildings and make them unsafe.
- Leave your home or building if you hear shifting or unusual noises. Strange noises could mean the building about to fall.
Stay away from power lines.
- Watch out and stay clear of fallen power lines that may be hanging overhead or on the ground. Call the electric company to report them.
Protect yourself from animals and pests.
- Stay away from wild or stray animals after a storm. Call 911 or your public health department to report them.
- Use insect repellent (bug spray) with DEET or picaridin. Wear long sleeves, pants, and socks when you are outside.
- Report dead animals to local officials.