After The Storm: Damage Assessments Begin In Christian County

Residents should take food safety precautions, Document Impact to Personal Property 

TAYLORVILLE – Damage assessments are underway in Christian County following Saturday night’s severe storms. While many residents are just now getting a full picture of the destruction to their homes, it is important that safety precautions are followed during this critical time.

Food Safety

Power outages of any length can be frustrating and troublesome, and prolonged ones can also be dangerous. When your refrigerator goes out, special food safety measures must be taken. Do not open the refrigerator or freezer during a power outage. A freezer that is half-full will hold for up to 24-hours and a full freezer for 48-hours. Perishable foods including milk, meat and eggs should not be stored above 40 degrees for more than 2 hours. Simply put, when in doubt throw it out. 

Survey Personal Property 

Assess any damage to your home or immediate surroundings. Document damage to your property and belongings to assist future insurance claims. Be careful clean-up, wear thick soled shoes or boots, wear long pants and protective gloves. 

Be aware of any potential hazards such as ruptured gas lines, structural damage to your home, downed electrical lines, and localized flooding. Immediately report any injuries or hazards via 9-1-1. Advise your family and neighbors as well. 

Do not enter any disaster area. Your presence there will simply add to the confusion and may hamper emergency response efforts. 

Role of Volunteers 

Following a disaster, many people express interest in helping those impacted by the event. At this time, additional volunteers are not needed in the disaster area. For those looking to help Illinois storm victims, it’s best to donate to a reputable disaster relief organization. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster maintains a national database of voluntary and charitable organizations involved in a variety of activities, including emergency preparedness and response throughout the nation. 

After a disaster, let your family and friends know that you are safe. This website is designed to help make that communication easier. 

For more information about disaster recovery efforts, or tips on how to protect you and your family, visit ready.illinois.gov or any of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) social media plans.