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  1. Do not return until the local authorities say it is safe.
  2. Continue listening to the radio for information and instructions.
  3. Use extreme caution when entering or working in buildings; structures may have been damaged or weakened. Watch for poisonous snakes in flooded structures and debris.
  4. Do not take lanterns, torches or any kind of flame into a damaged building. There may be leaking gas or other flammable materials present. Use battery-operated flashlights for light. If you suspect a gas leak, do not use any kind of light. The light itself could cause an explosion.
  5. If you smell leaking gas, turn off the main gas valve at the meter. If you can open windows safely, do so. Do not turn on lights; they can produce sparks that may ignite the gas. Leave the house immediately and notify the gas company or the fire department. Do not reenter the house until an authorized person tells you it is safe to do so.
  6. Notify the power company or fire department if you see fallen or damaged electrical wires.
  7. If any of your appliances are wet, turn off the main electrical power switch in your home before you unplug them. Dry out appliances, wall switches and sockets before you plug them in again. Call utility companies for assistance.
  8. Check food and water supplies for contamination and spoilage before using them.
  9. Wear sturdy shoes when walking through broken glass or debris, and use heavy gloves when removing debris.
  10. After the emergency is over, telephone your family and friends to tell them you are safe.



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