The Frankenstorm has lived up to its name, causing some scary results. Sandy made landfall at 8 p.m. on Monday, and has caused flooding and huge damage to the Northeast region. Eight million people are without power, bridges remain closed, and seven subway tunnels under the East River have been flooded. East Coast peeps - though the storm is over, there is still reason to act carefully. If you (like us!) have cabin fever, you probs want to leave your house or apartment; if you do go out, just make sure to pay extra attention to your surroundings. Here are some tips for how to stay safe and help others stay safe.
- If you don’t have power, use a flashlight - it's your safest bet. But, if you light candles candles, PLEASE use with caution. Don't leave candles burning in a room if you're not in it and make sure all flamable objects are at a safe distance.
- Look around your house for obvious damage and dangerous situations such as unstable walls or ceiling and broken glass.
- If you smell gas, open the windows and leave.
- If you had to evacuate, but cannot return home and need immediate housing, text SHELTER + your zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to find the nearest shelter near your area.
- Call police or utility companies immediately to report hazards such as downed power lines, broken gas or water mains, overturned gas tanks, etc.
- Drive only if you have to and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges. Try to stay off the streets. If you must go out watch for fallen objects; downed electrical wires; and weakened walls, bridges, roads, and sidewalks.
- If you’re over the age of 16, consider volunteering at a Red Cross Shelter. For more information, click here.
Check out these other tips from FEMA on what to do after a hurricane.
Start an awareness campaign at your school about disaster prevention. GO
The New York Times