Serious injury can result for anyone dealing with the aftermath of a major storm, hurricane, tornado, or other disaster.
- Be aware of outdoor hazards. Watch out for loose or dangling power lines, and report them immediately to proper authorities. It is not unusual in a disaster such as this for more people to be killed by carelessness in the aftermath than were killed by the event itself.
- Be sure all electric and gas services are turned off before entering buildings for the first time.
- Disconnect the main switch and all circuits.
- Remove covers from all outlets and fuses or multi-breaker boxes and flush with clean water. Let dry and spray with contact cleaner/ lubricant.
- Watch for electrical shorts or live wires. Don’t turn on any lights or appliances until an electrician has checked the system for short circuits.
- Electric motors in appliances that have been flooded should be thoroughly cleaned and reconditioned before they are put back into service.
- Cut off all electrical circuits at the fuse panel or disconnect all electrical appliances.
Local Additional Information
Additional information may be obtained from the Palm Beach County’s Office of Emergency Management (561.712.6400). That office also maintains an Emergency Management webpage.
Palm Beach County is the lead agency in hurricane responses and is responsible for ordering evacuations when required.
If you live or have a business in the City of Lake Worth Beach and you’d like to know what flood zone you are in call 561.586.1647