During a Flood: How to Prepare and Respond
Do you know how to prepare and respond during a flood?
For many disasters, prevention is the ideal solution to limiting damages and as such, many of our posts have been dedicated to these topics. Sometimes however, there may be instances when you don’t have much of a chance to prepare your home. This can be devastating for your home or business.
Last summer, Colorado experienced a 100 year rain storm which caused major flood damage to homes and businesses all over the state. The total cost for the statewide damage reached $2 billion. Much of this had to come from home and business owners’ pockets, as many people did not carry flood insurance.
We encourage you to take a look at our previous post regarding prevention of flood damage, but if you end up in an emergency situation, here are some last minute steps you can take to quickly respond to a flood.
“If you end up in an emergency situation
here are some last minute steps you
can take to quickly respond to a flood.”
Personal safety is most important during a flood. Flood waters can rise quickly and you need to be prepared to evacuate quickly. Be sure you know several routes of escape should you need to evacuate. If possible, grab a battery-powered radio and tune in to a local station for emergency instructions.
If you are stuck in your house during rising waters and cannot evacuate, move to the second floor or if necessary, the roof. Take warm clothing, a flashlight and portable radio. Do not try to swim to safety. Stay put and wait for a rescue team.
Last Minute Prep for Your Home
Turn off Utilities
If you need to evacuate, be sure to turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve. Be extra careful when touching electrical equipment during a flood. Do not touch any electrical equipment unless it is in a dry area and you are wearing rubber gloves and rubber-soled shoes.
If there is time, move valuable papers, jewelry, clothing, and any other important possessions to upper floors.
Obtain Clean Water
Fill your bathtubs, sinks and any jugs with clean water. If your water becomes shut off or you cannot access clean water, this step will allow you drinking water
Board Up Windows
If you do not have storm shutters, be sure to board your windows to protect your home from broken glass.
Sandbags take time to fill, but can help redirect water and debris flow away from your home. You’ll want to fill sandbags half-full of sand or soil and then fold the top of the bag down and rest the bag on its folded top. Sandbags are only meant for waters up to two feet.
Clean up and Restoration
Hindsight is 20/20 and in many cases you may not have time to prepare your home. If you need help restoring your home or business after a major flood, you can count on Professional Restoration to help you get back on your feet. If you experience flood damage, call on our experienced team to schedule a free estimate for repairs 303-922-4001.