Is my house OK? Can I go home yet? Will my home be functional? Is the power on?
After a major storm, and a mandatory evacuation, trying to get home safely to resume day-to-day life requires strategy. There are so many moving parts and unknowns. Today we are lucky enough to be able to gain a tremendous amount of information at our fingertips, as soon as the information is available, instantly through multiple devices. Gathering critical information after the storm in order to make plan of action can feel like a game of chess. Thanks to the technology available today that is, free and efficiently, has changed the face of emergency recovery procedures and communication. Assuming there is electric, or phone service available, recovery has become more manageable. Getting answers to the most pressing and critical questions is awesome! I experienced it first hand and was able to find out instantly –
- Are there trees down?
- What is curfew?
- Do we have power? Is it restored yet?
- Is our water safe? How do we ensure that?
- Are roads cleared? Is there another route?
- When will schools open again?
Automated Alerts – Updates – Notifications!
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Getting home, after the evacuation of Hurricane Matthew, we were reliant on various information services to get updates of the conditions we were faced with on the roads, at home, and what we could expect at home. We had set up automated alerts with the local county, city, the school district, power company and other amazing and efficient solutions around the local area. We were able to understand when evacuation areas permitted residents to return, Curfews in affect, and the condition of our neighborhood, pictures and all.
Here are some great alert services we set up to get our life back after the storm. Instead of having to remember to check dozens of sites, pages or make phone calls to local authorities, the most pertinent information was sent to our phone and email. When a status changed, such as “power is restored” or “evacuation order is lifted” and you are alerted via text, email or automated phone message. Some of the solutions we used were high tech and others were “heard-it-through-the- grapevine “ passing-along-information face to face with new friends met on the way and the the newer version of this – local online social groups relaying information, news, photos and messages that they were “ok”.
Here are the services we used. Not to worry, even those these are specific to our local area, each county and city has its own set of alert systems that are similar:
1. Electric Company Alerts – Receive text message or a phone call when power is restored
2. Electric Company Outage Maps
3. Friends and Family are safe “Check- ins” – are you friends, family and associates OK?
4. Neighborhood Support via Social Groups like Facebook’s Sales Group, “Bye, Sell and Trade” – Found many neighborhood photos from people who didn’t evacuate
5. Weather Alert Mobile Apps – Get My Weather Daily – Weather Watcher (many available)
6. Local Authorities Alerts & Social Page Notification (evacuation status, return status, curfew details, travel requirements)
CEMA was our go to local alert system – Chatham County Emergency Management Authority
7. Our Town’s Social Media Page
8. School Opening and Closing Alerts
- Each School has an alert system you can sign up for that will text, call and email updates on school closures , concerns and events, etc.
9. Roadway Travel Alerts – Evacuation and Re-entry Routes, Traffic Forecasts, Accidents/Traffic, Closures, Web Cams – Inrix App (below), Google Maps & GPS services have many of these features as well
10. Safe Cleanup, Financial Recovery and Assistance
- Health Department Guide
- National Center for Health and Housing
- Water Recovery
- Donations; Supplies
- Disaster Assistance
- Rental and Home Insurance Claims. Don’t forget to Take photos of your belongings. Try to take an account before you leave or evacuate, photographing each room, and then when you return. Insurance should cover many damages. When they don’t a quick online Title Loan might be able to help with those unexpected costs, or the deductible which can be $500 – $2,000, more than you may have at your immediate disposal.
Make sure to get your neighbors’ cell phone numbers and email address – you can group text for updates and information.
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