Step 3) Re-entering Your Home

If you have been forced to leave your home because of the disaster, you will want to go back in, if possible, to retrieve possessions and take stock of damage. Being well prepared and proceeding cautiously will help you stay healthy and avoid injury when you re-enter your home.

  • Stay out of damaged buildings.
  • Assemble the thing you may need:
    • Flashlight
    • Camera
    • First Aid Kit
    • Tools: crowbar, hammer, etc.
    • Drinking water
    • Trash bag
    • Hard hat and gloves
    • Hard-soled shoes
    • Bleach


Pick a place to meet after a disaster. Designate two meeting places. Choose one right outside your home, in case of a sudden household emergency, such as a fire. The second place you choose needs to be outside your neighborhood, in the event that it is not safe to stay near or return to your home.