LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Federal and state recovery officials encourage residents affected by the severe storms and tornadoes of April 9 to be cautious when removing storm debris from homes and roadways. The rubbish may contain any number of dangerous items.
Here are some safety guidelines to follow:
- Keep children away from debris piles. These debris piles may contain broken items, glass, nails, jagged wood, and other sharp items. Children can easily get injured playing in, around, or on top of trash heaps. The debris may also contain rodents or bugs, raising the possibility of nasty bites and the spread of diseases.
- Watch children carefully when mechanical equipment is in the area and debris-removal operations are taking place. Inquisitive children could be in the equipment or truck operator's blind spot and may not be seen.
- Move your car from the debris pile area. This will make it easier for the equipment operator to pick up debris materials and will reduce the possibility of damage to your vehicle.
- Drive carefully if you are behind a debris-loaded truck. Materials can easily fall off and cause an accident or driving hazard. Leave a safe distance between your car and the truck.
- Keep all open flames and lit cigarettes away from debris piles as they may contain flammable materials.
Following these simple guidelines can ensure a safe removal of storm debris.
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.