After the Storm: 8 Things To Do
Everyone is writing about what to do and prepare for before the storm - let's look at after it passes, and what you'll want to do and think about.
1. Protect Yourself - While this is a 'minimal' storm, never take them lightly. After the storm some weaker buildings may be demolished. Be extremely careful about stepping on nails, screws, etc., from boards that have been torn loose. Immediately report downed power lines, if you smell natural gas report that immediately and vacate the area.
2. Protect Your Property - If a tree is in your roof you'll want to tarp around it as soon as possible, same thing if you have sections of shingles missing - tarp them over. Take reasonable steps to remove salvageable items from your property and protect them elsewhere. If a building looks too shaky to go into, DON'T.
3. Report Your Losses - Contact your insurance agent as soon as you can, they're trained to take extra calls and to be available during a catastrophe and can not only assist you but maybe calm you down in some cases. They can (if your policy permits) find you temporary lodging (hotel) until your home is livable.
4. Prepare a List - Make a list of things that are damaged, don't really throw anything away until your adjuster has visited and seen the damages.
5. Keep Receipts - If you need to relocate, stay in a hotel, eat out, etc., before you see your adjuster, keep all receipts and other documentation of your travails.
6. Cleanup - Be careful careful careful... use something to protect your eyes, in this area there's likely safety glasses in every household - use leather work gloves for your hands if you have them.
7. Do Not Go Barefooted - I know, you rarely wear shoes - not even to the grocery store. But this is not the time, no telling what has fallen into the grass, or you may slip down and risk really slicing up your feet. Wear boots.
8. Keep driving limited as much as possible. There are a lot of tire destroying nails, metal, bits of glass, etc., on the roads.
The key is to watch yourself and your family, avoid any risk taking at this time. One other thing to watch for if we get a lot of flooding: SNAKES
As of now, TS Cindy is not a Cat 5 fully blown hurricane. That does not mean you can take it lightly - there may be tornadoes, it could strengthen as it approaches the coast, it's still a way's out. It's probably gonna just drift ashore sometime tomorrow morning as a super rainstorm with windy gusts and we'll all be back to normal by Saturday. But one thing I know from living on the coast all my life - NEVER UNDERESTIMATE A STORM.