Post-Disaster Checklist


Having the correct post-disaster information, following local authorities’ safety procedures, and inspecting your home properly will mitigate the stress after the storm and prevent injuries or further damage.

As you survey the inside and outside of your home, don’t forget to take photos and/or video of any and all storm damage. Don’t be afraid to document even the smallest thing, since overlooking it now could result in much larger issues in the future. If possible, compile receipts for damaged items as well as invoices for work you’ve had done to your house, which can help you estimate the monetary amount of your losses.


❑ Continue listening to the radio for the latest updates
❑ Use family communications plan; if you are separated from your family, contact the local authorities, FEMA or the American Red Cross


❑ Return home only when officials have announced it is safe
❑ Drive only when necessary; avoid flooded roads and possible weakened bridges and roads
❑ Avoid the outdoors in case of debris, rubble, weakened roads or sidewalks and exposed or fallen electrical wires
❑ Even after the storm has ended there is still a danger of flooding and additional rainfall
❑ Do not use candles because there could be a gas leak
❑ Be cautious and safe when cleaning up any wreckage or debris
❑ Avoid drinking water from the tap until you have been informed it is not contaminated


❑ lnspect inside and outside of home for damage and safety hazards
❑ Check for gas leaks
❑ Check for structural damage
❑ Check for loose power lines or other electrical damage
❑ Check for sewage and waterline damage
❑ Check fridge for spoilage
❑ Check for wild animals who might have taken refuge in your home
❑ Stay out of the home if there are remaining flood waters
❑ Document damages in writing and with photos
❑ Report damages to insurance provider
❑ Take down boards protecting windows