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How To Prepare For An Impending Flood
How To Prepare For An Impending Flood
By admin In Uncategorized Posted January 23, 2017 0 Comments

Sometimes floods are unpredictable, resulting from household issues such as a broken pipe or water heater. Other times, floods can be predicted such as when they occur in response to too much rain and sometimes that’s coupled with improper draining or faulty containment methods. After a flood, one of the best things you can do to help protect your property and return to normalcy as quickly as possible is to hire a flood damage restorer who will assess your damage and help you return your household back to livable conditions for you and your family.

Flooding, as a natural disaster, can cause essential services to stop such as fire rescue and police, debilitate major infrastructures such as roads and municipal water service and even result in injuries or death. But, well before any of this happens, there are things that you and your family can do to help reduce the potentially devastating impact of a flood—preparation. If you are prepared for the possibility of a flood, your risk of experiencing the greatest damages can be significantly reduced. 

Essential flood preparations:

  • Prepare an emergency kit: first aid, bottled water, food, blankets 
  • Prepare a family flood plan: Where to meet. Who is responsible for what tasks: withdrawing cash and gassing up car, gathering essential items such as important documents and medication, etc. Designate a contact person in another state who would be safe and responsible to contact in case of separation, etc.  
  • Take care of your pets: ideally see if a friend or kennel in an unaffected area can keep them through the disaster or at the very least know where they are and keep them safe at all times
  • Keep your mobile phone with charger and a radio handy at all times and contained in a Ziploc bag to protect it from water damage 
  • Monitor local media for status updates, warnings and advice
  • Pack clothing, medication, valuables and personal papers in waterproof bags along with your emergency kit
  • If you evacuate, lock your home, bring your important documents and essential items and have printed copies of recommended relocation routes for your area and take care of your pets
  • Turn off water, power and gas  andlace everything you can as high up as possible; put electrical items, computer equipment, furniture, clothing and valuables onto beds, tables and into roof/attic space 
  • Place sand bags in the toilet bowl and over all sink, tub and laundry drain holes to prevent sewage backflow