Safety After a Disaster
We all have something to be thankful for in that Hurricane Harvey did so little damage to our city. However, let’s not let our guard down. The Seabrook Police Department would like to make you aware of steps you can take to help protect yourselves and your property. After any disaster there are those who will come to affected areas intending on committing various crimes and fraud.
- Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
- Keep your belongings and property locked up and out of sight. Open garage doors with power washers, tools, lawn implements and other items are just what criminals trolling neighborhoods are looking for. Items you may have transferred to your vehicles during the hurricane, but haven’t yet removed are an easy target. Always keep your house and vehicle locked up.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways and leave nails and other sharp objects on roadways.
- Although it may be tempting to go for a swim or a walk, don’t play in floodwaters! The water may contain chemicals or other contaminants and can hide sharp objects or other debris below the surface. Additionally you may not be able to tell how deep the water is. Standing water can also be electrically charged by downed power lines.
- Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded. High water can damage your vehicle and wake from your vehicle passing through the water can damage homes.
- Do not burn trash or debris.
- Do not enter a building if it is still flooded or surrounded by floodwater.
- Do not enter a building that has flooded until local building officials have inspected it for safety.
- If you encounter solicitors inside the City of Seabrook then they need to have an approved solicitor’s permit issued by the City of Seabrook and a state ID. Check that both permit and ID match. Please see our page on Disaster Scams for more information on how to tell if a solicitor in Seabrook is legitimate.
Watch out for your neighbors. Report suspicious persons and activity. Please assist us in keeping our neighborhoods safe. Your Seabrook Police Department can always use another set of eyes and ears.
The Seabrook Police Department would like to thank the community as a whole for the help, cooperation, and Seabrook Love they received during this difficult time.
Below you will find a list of resources that can help you be prepared before, during, and after any kind of natural disaster.
- Ready.gov – Hurricanes
- NOAA’s National Hurricane Center
- Red Cross – Hurricane Preparedness
- Center for Disease & Control – Hurricane Safety
- Ready.gov – Floods
- National Weather Service – Flood Safety
- Susquhenna Flood Forecast
- Red Cross – Flood Safety
- Ready.gov – Tornadoes
- Red Cross – Tornado Safety
- FEMA – Preparing for a Tornado
- Weather.com – Tornado Safety