General Hurricane Information

Before During After

After the Storm

  • Be aware of any boil water notices and avoid unsafe food.
  • If your home is safe, make temporary repairs if required. Take pictures of damage.
  • Check on neighbors.
  • If you evacuated, return home only when authorities advise that it is safe.
  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. Immediately following the passage of the storm, debris may be covering roadways making them impassable. Emergency crews will be working to clear roadways but it may take hours or even days to clear them all. Roads may be closed for your protection, so if you encounter a barricade, turn around and go another way.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas. Avoid weakened bridges and washed out roadways.
  • Stay on firm ground. Moving water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet. Standing water may be electrically charged from downed power lines.
  • Beware of downed power lines. Lines could be charged and dangerous.
  • Beware of snakes, insects or animals driven to higher ground. Enter your home with extreme caution. Beware of fallen objects or damaged roof and wall sections.
  • Remove shutters or plywood and open windows and doors to ventilate or dry your home if necessary.
  • Check gas, water and electrical lines, and appliances for damage. Do not attempt to repair damaged gas or electrical lines. Call a professional.
  • Use the telephone to report emergencies only. This includes cellular phones.
  • Wait until area is declared safe before returning or venturing outside.
  • Use a flashlight to inspect for damage; avoid open flames inside.
  • Monitor the local radio, TV, newspapers and http://www.santarosa.fl.gov for current information.