Get Food Assistance After a Disaster With D-SNAP Benefits
If the president has declared your area as a disaster zone, you may be able to get short-term financial assistance for food under the D-SNAP program. If you’re in your home, follow guidelines for food safety after a power outage or flood.
Create Safe Drinking Water After an Emergency
If you need emergency water and can’t get bottled water, you can make safe drinking water by either boiling it or disinfecting it with bleach. Boiling water is the better choice because it kills more of the bacteria that can make you sick.
If the water is cloudy, let it settle and then filter it through a clean cloth or coffee filter.
Boil water for one minute. Let it cool before storing.
If you can’t boil it, add 8 drops (⅛ teaspoon) of 6% unscented household liquid bleach to a gallon of water. Stir it and let it sit for 30 minutes.
If you don’t have bleach, look in your medicine cabinet or first aid kit for iodine. Use five drops of 2% tincture of iodine for each quart of water. You can also use water purification tablets, found at pharmacies and sporting goods stores.
Store water in clean containers with covers.
Infographic: Safety During a Long Power Outage
Use these tips to protect yourself and your family during a long power outage.
Safety Tips During Power Restoration
While Power Lines are Down
Avoid power lines and wires that are sparking, even if you are in a vehicle.
If you see sparking wires, call 911.
Keep children away from electrical equipment and power lines.
Only use generators outside, more than 20 feet away from your home, doors, and windows.
Use a power inlet box and transfer switch to connect a generator to your home wiring.
Use extension cords to connect electrical devices directly to your generator.
Do not connect your generator directly to your home's wiring.
Do not plug your generator into a regular household outlet or socket.
If you see utility trucks in your neighborhood, turn off your generator to keep technicians safe while they work.
Avoid Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon monoxide (CO) is an odorless, colorless gas that can cause sudden illness and death if inhaled. When power outages occur, using alternative sources of fuel or electricity for heating or cooking can cause CO to build up in a home, garage, or camper. It can poison and kill the people and animals inside. Follow these tips to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:
Never use a generator indoors, in garages, or carports. Using a generator indoors will kill you in minutes. Generator exhaust contains a poison gas you cannot see or smell.
Always use a generator outdoors, and at least 20 feet from windows or doors.
Install battery-operated or battery back-up CO detectors near every sleeping area in your home.
No Immigration Enforcement Initiatives for Evacuees
The agencies' highest priorities are to promote life-saving and life-sustaining activities, the safe evacuation of people who are leaving the impacted area, the maintenance of public order, the prevention of the loss of property to the extent possible, and the speedy recovery of the region.
Don't try to walk through flood waters; just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down.
Don't try to drive through flood waters; 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
Don't Return Home Unless Local Officials Say It's Safe to Return
Flood waters can erode roads, and when they recede, dangerous debris may be left behind.
Avoid standing water; it may be electrically charged from underground power lines.
Gas Price Gouging
After a disaster, such as a hurricane or a tornado, gas stations may raise gas prices to levels that are very high and unfair. This is called price gouging and it is illegal. If you suspect price gouging, report it to your state attorney general.
Find and Notify Family and Friends After a Disaster
Find your family and friends after a disaster in the U.S. or abroad, and let people know you are safe.
Find a Missing Person
If family members or friends are missing after a disaster, first, call your local law enforcement agency for help.
Get help locating a missing person by using the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS). The program can help with printing missing person posters, getting free forensic services like DNA analysis, and more.
Register Yourself as Safe
If you are safe after a disaster, national emergency or overseas civil unrest and want to let people know your status or reunite with family:
After a disaster, many people want to volunteer their services or donate money or goods. Get tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on volunteering and donating responsibly after a natural disaster.
Donate Cash, or Volunteer to Help Disaster Survivors
Do not just "show up" to volunteer assistance. This actually makes things harder for responders. Instead, learn how you can help after a disaster through the following groups and organizations:
American Red Cross - Volunteers help provide disaster relief, including clean water, hot meals, and shelter to families and communities.
Learn what the U.S. government is doing in response to Hurricane Dorian.
Visa Requirements for Bahamas Citizens Traveling to the United States
All travelers must possess government-issued identity documents, such as passports.
All travelers who arrive directly to a U.S. Port of Entry by air or sea must possess a U.S. visitor’s visa.
Travelers who would otherwise qualify for the Visa Waiver Program and who travel by air from a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Preclearance facility in Freeport or Nassau may not need a U.S. visitor's visa.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is leading the U.S. Government response to the humanitarian crisis in the Bahamas. They are distributing emergency relief supplies, and providing emergency shelter, and logistics support. They also perform search and rescue, and damage assessments.