Returning Home Safely
placeThings to Know from Emergency Officials
216 S. 8th Street Opelika, AL 36801
place216 S. 8th Street Opelika, AL 36801
The End Result
Lee County EMA has released important information for those who are attempting to return to their homes. If you had to leave your home, return only when local authorities advise that it is safe to do so. Do not cut or walk past colored tape that was placed over doors or windows to mark damaged areas unless you have been told that it is safe to do so. If a building inspector has placed a color-coded sign on the home, do not enter it until you get more information, advice and instructions from your local authorities. Do not enter a building until it has been inspected for damage to the electrical system, gas lines, septic systems, and water lines or wells.
Why It Matters
We want individuals and families to return home safely.
How You Can Help
Wear appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, safety glasses, rubber boots, and masks to protect you from debris and airborne particles, e.g., mold and dust. If you have children, leave them with a relative or friend while you conduct your first inspection of your home after the disaster. The site may be unsafe for children and seeing the damage first-hand may upset them even more and cause long-term effects, including nightmares.
Contact local authorities to determine whether it is safe or not to return to your home.
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