Main Content

FEMA Urges Caution When Returning to Hurricane Damaged Areas; Offers Tips for Clean-Up

Release date: 
September 5, 2019
Release Number: 

WASHINGTON – As Hurricane Dorian continues up the East Coast, FEMA urges those in the storm’s path to be alert to the risks of storm surge and flooding. As evacuation orders are being lifted, FEMA warns residents to use caution when they return home.

Return When It Is Safe

If you evacuated for the storm, check with local officials before returning home. Do not return home unless you are told it is safe to do so. You may encounter poor road conditions, or power or debris crews working to clear roadways.

Beginning Your Recovery

As you begin your recovery and clean-up process, take photos or videos to help document any damage.

Additionally, you should file insurance claims or contact your insurance agent:

  • For all types of insurance, notify your insurance agent or company if your property is inaccessible. Let them know when you do gain access.
  • If you have a flood insurance policy, you may be eligible for reimbursement of actions you took to protect your property before the flooding occurred. Call your insurance agent to find out more.
  • To file a flood insurance claim, contact your insurance agent immediately. You can also call 1-800-427-4661 or visit the flood claim site to learn more about your policy and be directed to the appropriate claims resource.

Cash Donations Are Best!

For those who weren’t impacted by Dorian and would like to support those who are beginning their recovery, a financial contribution is the most effective way to help. 

Whether you are donating money or your time, visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to find a trusted voluntary or charitable organization.   

Visit for information on how you can donate to relief efforts in the Bahamas.



FEMA's mission is to help people before, during and after disasters.

Follow FEMA online at,,,, and Also, follow Acting Administrator Pete Gaynor's activities @FEMA_Pete.

The social media links provided are for reference only. FEMA does not endorse any non-government websites, companies or applications.

Last Updated: 
September 5, 2019 - 18:14