First responders urge residents to use extreme caution when returning home and adhere to the following safety precautions.
Asbestos, Heavy Metals, Byproducts of Plastic Combustion and various other chemicals may be present in your and neighborhood.
Before turning the electricity on, make sure all appliances are turned off. Once you are sure all appliances are turned off, if there is no fire damage to your building and the meter does not have any visible damage, you may turn on the main circuit breaker.
If your refrigerator has been non-operational for an extended period of time, the food inside it has gone bad. When in doubt, throw it out! Use gloves and safety glasses (provided at the Point Of Distribution). Do not throw out refrigerators. The EPA has guidelines on correctly disposing of refrigerators.
Propane Fire Danger
Call provider to inspect tanks and relight pilots. If you smell gas, shut off the valve immediately. Don't be the source of an additional fire in your community!
Water Quality Issues
If your community is under a water quality notice, please pay attention for posted instructions. Notices will include a "boil water" notice or "do not drink" notice.
If you receive a "boil water" notice, bring water to a rolling boil for at least one minute for drinking and cooking purposes. I you are unable to boil, please use bottled water until an all clear notice is provided.
If you receive a "do not drink" notice, then you must use bottled water for consumption, cooking, food preparation & hygienic purposes.
Read complete boil water notice here.
Utility Work & Tree Hazards
When returning to your community, please be aware of utility workers on the road in addition to potential falling trees.