Post Disaster Information for Dallas Fort Worth Residents Following Tornado Damage
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Post disaster information for Dallas and Fort Worth can be viewed on the American Red Cross site.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army have been working hard since Tuesday’s destructive tornados to coordinate shelters, food, and other aid to victims of the storm. Many local volunteers and ordinary citizens have come together in the aftermath of the disaster to help those that were injured or lost their homes. People donated furniture, money, food, blankets, and materials for rebuilding damaged property. The help and support our communities showed in the face of adversity were overwhelmingly generous, kind and supportive.
The following post disaster information is relevant after tornados, hail, and floods due to rain, high winds, and other destructive storms.
- Keep children away from storm damaged area until it has been cleaned up
- Do not return to a damaged building until authorities deem it safe
- When entering the building, use caution as structure can be unstable
- Be aware of shattered glass, debris, and spilled liquids
- If electricity is on, do not enter rooms with standing water
- If you smell gas, open a window, exit the building, turn off the gas valve outside the home and call the gas company from your cell or from a neighbor’s house
- Use battery powered radio for information
- Avoid downed power lines
- Do not expose open wounds to flood water due to potential contamination
- Seek medical attention for injuries
- Discard food, water, and medications that came in contact with flood water
- When safe to enter damaged property, wrap shattered windows and cover holes in roof with water resistant, durable tarp or plywood boards to avoid further water damage to roof, walls, ceiling, and flooring
- When possible, move wet furniture and possessions to dry area to avoid further content damage and to protect furniture and possessions
- Contact local water damage restoration company to assess damages and give recommendations for repair, as structures and content exposed to water will deteriorate rapidly
- Read your insurance policy to see what it covers in storm disaster situations and what the deductibles are for damages
- 1. Homeowners insurance policies usually cover tornado damage repair, including roof, wall, content and vehicle damage
- 2. Insurance policies typically cover wind and hail damage, although deductibles may be higher than for tornado damage
- 3. Floods are usually not covered by homeowners policies, but are covered by FEMA flood insurance
- Take photos of damaged property
- Make detailed list of damaged possessions