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What do I do after a tornado?

What do I do after a tornado stikes?

  • Help injured or trapped persons.  Give first aid where needed.  Do not move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury. 
  • Stay away from damage buildings.
  • If you are away from home, only return home when authorities say it is safe.
  • Stay tuned to KTRE for the latest emergency information.
  • Use your telephone only for emergencies.
  • Take pictures of damage to your property for insurance purposes
  • CHECK FOR GAS LEAKS
    • If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and leave the building immediately. 
    • Turn off the gas at the outside mail valve.
    • Call the gas company from a neighbor's home.
  • LOOK FOR ELECTRICAL DAMAGE
    • If you see sparks or broken or frayed wires, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker.
    • If you smell hot insulation, turn off the electricity at the main fuse box or circuit breaker.
    • If you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker, call an electrician for help.
  • CHECK FOR SEWER AND WATER LINE DAMAGE
    • If you suspect sewage lines are damaged, do not use toilets and call a plumber.
    • If water pipes are damaged, call the water company and do not use water from the tap.
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