What do I do after a Tornado?

In the wake of the violent Tornado activity that ripped through the Midwest yesterday, we wanted to provide you with some recovery tips from the Red Cross.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the families affected, and hope for speedy recovery. 

Continue listening to local news or a NOAAWeather Radio for updated information and instructions.
❐ If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
❐ Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damage.
❐ Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.
❐ Stay out of damaged buildings.
❐ Use battery-powered flashlights when examining buildings—do NOT use candles.
❐ If you smell gas or hear a blowing or hissing noise, open a window and get everyone out of the building quickly and call the gas company or fire department.
❐ Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents,for insurance claims.
❐ Use the telephone only for emergency calls.
❐ Keep all of your animals under your direct control.
❐ Clean up spilled medications, bleaches, gasoline or other flammable liquids that could become a fire hazard.
❐ Check for injuries. If you are trained, provide first aid to persons in need until emergency responders arrive.

The U.S. economy gets a little homier: Recovery in housing market helping to lift growth late in 2012

For the first time in six years, the residential market is expected to add to U.S. economic growth in 2012. New home sales are up 28% from a year ago and new construction is running 35% higher.

The long-awaited recovery in the devastated real-estate market was a long time coming, but it finally looks like it’s here to stay. Barring another recession, most economists expect sales and construction to continue to rise steadily over the next few years.

And that’s good for the U.S. given the widespread — though diminished — impact that the industry has on the broader economy.

The government this week will release the latest monthly report on new home sales as well as growth figures for the third quarter. Both are expected to show improvement, with housing contributing significantly to gross domestic product. (continue reading)

source: MarketWatch

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