Post-Hurricane Safety Tips


Post-Hurricane Safety Tips

 Post-Hurricane Safety Tips


Our thoughts are with everyone affected by Hurricane Beryl. With many communities facing severe flooding and over 3 million people without power, the aftermath of such a storm can be overwhelming. During these challenging times, RapidCare ER wants to remind you that we are here for you 24/7. Our locations in Katy, La Porte, Conroe, and Rosenberg, are open and ready to provide immediate ER care with no lines, free medical screenings, and a new online check-in option. Whether you call, walk in, or check-in online, our doors are always open. Stay safe, follow local advisories, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you need assistance. Make sure there will be calm after the storm with RapidCare Emergency Room’s Post-Hurricane Safety Tips.

Post-Hurricane Safety Tips

The aftermath of a hurricane can be just as dangerous as the storm itself. Once the winds have died down and the floodwaters begin to recede, it’s important to stay vigilant and take the necessary precautions to ensure your safety and health. Here are some essential post-hurricane safety tips to help you navigate the days following a storm.

Post-Hurricane Safety Tips: inspect your home for damage and dangers

Inspect Your Home


  1. Check for Structural Damage:
  •    Carefully inspect your home for any structural damage, such as cracks in the foundation or roof. Avoid entering if you suspect the building is unsafe.
  •    Look for gas leaks, electrical damage, and water damage. If you smell gas, leave the premises immediately and contact your gas company.
  1. Avoid Standing Water:
  •    Standing water can hide dangers like sharp objects, downed power lines, and contamination. Avoid wading through it and ensure children and pets stay away.
  •    If you must walk through water, use a stick to check the ground in front of you for hazards.
Post-Hurricane Safety Tips: avoid contaminated food and boil water

Health Precautions


  1. Boil Water Advisories:
  •    Follow local advisories regarding water safety. Boil water before drinking, cooking, or brushing your teeth until authorities confirm it is safe.
  •    Use bottled water if boiling is not possible.


  1. Food Safety:
  •    Discard any food that has come into contact with floodwaters. When in doubt, throw it out.
  •    Keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature. Discard perishable food that has been left unrefrigerated for more than four hours.


  1. Avoid Contaminated Areas:
  •    Keep away from areas that have been contaminated by sewage or chemicals. If you must clean up, wear protective clothing and gloves.

Stay Informed


  1. Follow Local Advisories:
  •    Continue to listen to local news and authorities for updates and instructions on recovery efforts.
  •    Sign up for emergency alerts to stay informed about any new hazards or necessary actions.


  1. Document Damage:
  •    Take photographs of any damage to your property for insurance claims. Keep detailed records of any repairs and expenses.
post hurricane injuries

Warning Signs to Go to the ER for Medical Emergency Care


Even after the storm, health emergencies can arise. Here are some warning signs that indicate a need for emergency care:


  1. Severe Injuries:
  •    Deep cuts or lacerations that won’t stop bleeding.
  •    Broken bones.


  1. Chest Pain:
  •    Any sudden, severe chest pain, particularly if accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, or nausea.


  1. Difficulty Breathing:
  •    Severe shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.


  1. Sudden Confusion or Difficulty Speaking:
  •    Signs of a stroke, such as sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, and sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg.


  1. Severe Allergic Reactions:
  •    Swelling of the lips, face, or throat, difficulty breathing, or a severe rash.


  1. High Fever:
  •    Persistent high fever that doesn’t respond to medication.


  1. Signs of Infection:
  •    Redness, swelling, or pus from a wound, especially if accompanied by fever.


when to seek emergency room care

 RapidCare Emergency Room is Here for You


At RapidCare Emergency Room, your safety and health are our top priorities. Our locations in Katy, La Porte, Conroe, Rosenberg, and Missouri City are open 24/7 to provide the care you need. Take advantage of our free medical screenings and new online check-in system. Don’t hesitate to seek medical attention if needed. Stay safe, stay informed, and let us help you navigate through these challenging times with these essential post-hurricane safety tips.


By following these post-hurricane safety tips and being aware of the warning signs for medical emergencies, you can protect yourself and your loved ones in the aftermath of a hurricane. Remember, RapidCare ER is always here to provide the support and care you need.