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How to Prepare for a Flood

Posted by John on October 2nd, 2008

Flooding can happen anytime, anywhere. Are you prepared?

It’s important to be prepared for a flood – and it’s just as important to know what to do after a flood.

Follow these tips to be prepared for flooding:

Before a Flood

Make sure that you have adequate flood insurance.

air purifiersPrepare a kit with emergency supplies. Also prepare a safe room in your home; include your emergency supplies, an air purifier, and a TV or radio. Plan an evacuation route in case you need to leave your home.

If you know a flood is coming, you can place sandbags around doors and windows. Place valuable items on high shelves.

Turn off your power before a flood hits.

During a Flood

Monitor the news and stay in a safe place.

Stay out of flood water and never drink flood water.

After a Flood

Contact your insurance company.

flood water pumpExtract any standing water with a water pump, or call a water damage restoration company.

Open doors and windows to air out the house, and turn on dehumidifiers.

Dri-EazDry out and disinfect any wet items immediatley. (Mold begins to grow in just two days.) Dri-Eaz manufactures a variety of products that will help you dry carpet, upholstery, and more.

If water damage is extensive, call a water damage restoration professional immediately.

See How to Handle a Flood for more detailed information.

4 Responses to “How to Prepare for a Flood”

  1. Catherine Brant Says:

    This is useful info thank you for making this website. If there is a real flood i will follow these insrtuctions.

  2. Emily Cummings Says:

    Thank you for making this available to the public. I have used this website to help my child on a project.

  3. Layla Says:

    Thanks this has helped me in my natural disaster project

  4. flash Floods Says:

    Excellent post. Very useful information particularly the ultimate part :) Thank you and best of luck.

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