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Floods are among the most devastating natural disasters in history. Unfortunately, they occur relatively often and normally cause a number of serious issues – from destroying entire properties to taking lives. Over eighty per cent of damage in the world after natural disasters is a result of floods. Experiencing a flood can be extremely stressful and can thus have a very negative impact on the psychics of a person, especially on children. Therefore, it is essential to be prepared, i.e. to make sure you have taken the right measures to prevent home flooding and also to know exactly how to act in case of a flood. Here are important guidelines on how to prevent your place from flooding and how to respond to such an unfortunate event in the most effective way.
What To Do Before The Flood
It is very important to take the needed measures in order to avoid the occurrence of serious issues in case of a flood. There are several things to take into account and prepare for such a disaster, so that you can get away with less significant consequences.
The first step to preparing for a flood would to be learn more about flooding in the area where you live. Contact the local authorities and inquire the needed information, so that you have a better understanding about potential risks.
Contact An Electrician
Now that you have more information and you are more aware of potential dangers, call a qualified electrician and ask him to raise the electric components in your house to a level that gives you more security in case of a flood. Have your electrical equipment elevated above the flood level that is likely for the particular area.
Make sure you always keep storm drains clean by removing debris and leaves from them. Many companies provide this along with their professional cleaning services.
Develop a disaster plan with your whole family and work it out together as a team. This will give all of your family members more confidence in case of a flood and they will know how to evacuate to a safer location.
Protect Your Children
Explain to your children what they have to and should not do in case of a flooding. Make sure they know that they have to stay away from flooded areas by moving to a higher ground and should never play or swim in flood water.
Protect Your Property
Build special floor barriers that keep water away from entering your property. Also, keep important documents, insurance policies and other valuable belongings in a higher location that is safer. It’s a good idea to seal walls in your basement, so that water can not enter through cracks.
Fill up bottles with drinking water and change it regularly, so that you make sure you have clean water in case of a flood.
What To Do After The Flood
Make sure all electrical equipment is disconnected and moved to a dry area.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Once the flooding has ended, you would want to contact your insurance agency. This is why it is essential to keep your documents safe.
Make A List
Make a list of broken items and determine the cost of the damage.
Mess in your property is inevitable after a flood. To cope with it, first start by removing all damaged materials. Then remove the water that is left in the house. Take furniture out and keep all windows wide open to let floors and walls dry. Use dehumidifiers if necessary. After the walls have dried, spray them with a special detergent against mould to prevent it from forming in the house. Clean the whole property from the dirt that the flood water has brought in.
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