HON. NANCY HARVEY STEORTS: Former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
First Consumer Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture 
International Safety Consultant 
Author of 3 Highly Acclaimed Books on Safety
Television Commentator and Speaker
Tel: 703-790-5116
The Nation’s Foremost Authority on SAFETY

Safe Living after a Natural Disaster

Safety recommendations from Hon. Nancy Harvey Steorts: Former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Author, "Your Home Safe Home", and "Safe Living in a Dangerous World"

1.Evaluate your Storm Damage. Take Pictures, Do a Journal of what happened and what you have lost while it is fresh in your mind.

2. If you have been evacuated, do not return to your home, until officials say it is safe.

3. Evaluate safety of food in your refrigerator. When food becomes warm, is is NOT safe to eat because bacteria forms that makes the food unsafe.

4. Do not consume food that has been held between 40 degrees to 140 degrees for more than 2 hours. THROW IT OUT!

5. Be creative and Use foods that have not required refrigeration.

6. Use bottled water for both drinking and food preparation. Tap water could be contaminated.

7. For cooking, use a grill OUTSIDE only, never inside.

8. For light, use flashlights if possible. Candles should only be used in candle-proof containers, and NEVER left alone.

9. Check your outside drains, and unclog if possible.

10. Check your windows and doors for possible damage. Caulk them, if possible.

11. Never use a generator INDOORS, even if a window is open.

12. Keep battery operated smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors close-by, in case of fire or potential carbon-monoxide issues. Fire and carbon=monoxide poisoning increases with loss of electrical power.

13. Keep everyone including pets away from all downed wires.

14. Ask a friend or neighbor who has electricity, if you could recharge your cell phone or lap-top computer.

15. Check on your neighbors who might be alone or in need.

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Above recommendations are from Hon.Nancy Harvey Steorts, international safety expert, and former Chairman, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and author, of "Your Home Safe Home", "Safe Living in a Dangerous World".