More resources are available at my.habitat.org.
Immediate post-disaster resources. Click on any to download white paper.
- Working with FEMA
- Safety Advisory
- Recovering from Disasters
- Field guide for cleanup of flooded homes
- Flood Recovery Process
- Guidelines for United States HFH Entities Engaging in Disaster Risk Reduction and Response Work in Their Communities
Urgent message to affiliates: please urge affiliates, and in turn homeowners, to read the Safety Advisory we sent you yesterday very carefully. Officials are warning against entering flooded homes that still have electricity turned on after deaths have resulted from electrocution. From safety advisory:
Downed power lines and ruptured gas lines pose life-threatening hazards. Be sure to coordinate with local utilities to ensure that lines are properly de-energized or taken out of service, but in general some guidelines to follow are:
- Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or you are standing in water. Shut off the utilities to a flooded home or building.
- Use flashlights, not lanterns, torches, or matches to examine buildings. Flammable gases may be inside and open flames may cause a fire or explosion.
- If you’ve turned off your gas, ask a licensed professional to turn it back on.
- Carbon monoxide kills. Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machine ONLY outdoors and away from windows so fumes do not get inside. The same goes for camping stoves.
- Do NOT enter your home if you smell gas, if floodwaters remain, if the home was damaged by fire, or if officials have not declared it safe.
- gov – Utility Shut-off plans for Natural Gas, Water, and Electricity: http://www.ready.gov/utility-shut-safety