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Hurricane Preparedness

Storm survival starts with safety. Safety starts with knowledge. And a little know-how can go a long way in securing the safety of yourself and others in the event of a hurricane, thunderstorm or other severe weather.

 

Before A Hurricane

  • Create an emergency plan and make sure everyone understands it
  • Purchase non-perishable foods to have on hand
  • Replenish your supply of candles, matches, flashlights and batteries
  • Place loose items such as lawn furniture, hoses, garden ornaments, etc., inside your house or garage
  • Do not turn off your natural gas service, even if you are required to evacuate (only utility personnel should turn your natural gas supply on or off at the meter)
  • Although it’s not necessary, you can turn off the natural gas supply to individual appliances if you choose to do so. Be sure and familiarize yourself with the supply turnoff valve near each unit before the storm occurs 

After A Hurricane

  • Immediately call your local utility if you smell a “rotten egg” odor, which could indicate a potential natural gas leak (Or call 9-1-1 if the smell is particularly strong or you sense a more serious emergency)
  • In the unlikely event your natural gas service is interrupted, please do not attempt to turn your natural gas back on. Instead, call your local utility
  • Do not operate any natural gas appliances that you suspect have been flooded or damaged
  • If you need help relighting any pilot lights, or would like to make sure that your appliances are in proper working condition, call your natural gas utility or a qualified contractor for assistance
  • Do not remove fallen trees or do any digging without calling 8-1-1 to locate your utility lines

 

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