Flood Disaster Preparation

Everyone knows how terrible a flooding incident can get, so it’s smart to know exactly what to do before, during, and after the disaster. However, not many people are aware of how to prepare for the catastrophe and often find themselves in a difficult situation once the storm hits.

Fortunately, you can increase your chances of survival and reduce the possibility of dealing with significant property damage by remembering these tips:

What to do Before the Storm

The calm before the storm gives you the most time to prepare, so use it wisely. The first thing you want to do is to check-in with your local news outlets and get any information on the weather. This way, you can kind of gauge the strength of the storm and think about the possible, mendable problems that can occur during the disaster.

What to do Before the Storm

The next thing you need to do is stock up on supplies. Your emergency kit should include the following items:

  • Food and water supplies that can last three days per person
  • Fully stocked first aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Battery powered radio
  • Fully charged cellphones
  • Toiletries
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Emergency cash

If you don’t want to bring your important documents with you (e.g. passports, insurance papers, etc.), invest in a fire and waterproof container early to use it as storage.

Don’t forget to prepare your home for the disaster as well. To ensure that the storm inflicts minimal property damage, do the following:

  • Board up
  • Bring outdoor furniture in
  • Close foundation cracks
  • Seal basement water and air leaks with waterproofing materials
  • Keep valuable home appliances on elevated surfaces

Lastly, prepare several backup plans in case you have to evacuate. Remind everyone which areas to meet when the situation gets dire and identify which travel routes to take. You can also give everyone a copy of important phone numbers, such as:

  • Fire department
  • Police department
  • Insurance company
  • Local restoration company

What to do During the Flood

Depending on where you are, you can stay safe during the flood by doing the following:

What to do Before the Storm

Indoors

  • Shut down main power and water to avoid further disasters
  • Avoid contact with floodwater at all costs. Even if the water’s clear, it can still be contaminated
  • Don’t use any appliances (electric or gas) that have been flooded
  • Do your best to keep your ears on the news
  • Dispose of any food that comes in contact with the flood

Outdoors

  • Do your best to stay on high ground
  • Stay away from riverbanks or beaches
  • Avoid contact with floodwater at all costs
  • Don’t attempt to walk, swim, or drive through the flood. Two feet of water will float your car and a strong current that’s six inches deep is powerful enough to knock you over

What to do After the Disaster Has Passed

Even though the water has receded, it’s not wise to head out or enter a flood inflicted property just yet. You have to wait until the authorities declare the area is safe. Once you’re able to move around, the first thing you have to do is to report that you’re safe. You don’t want to make any of your friends or family worry.

Afterwards, you need to deal with the aftermath quickly. Water damage can seriously affect the structure and healthy atmosphere of your home.

If the cleanup and repairs aren’t done properly, your building becomes the ideal environment for the following:

  • Mold and mildew
  • Musty odors
  • Water-loving insects, vermin, and bacteria
  • Waterborne diseases and viruses

To make sure that your home is 100% brought back to its pre-loss condition, contacting your local restoration company for help is your best option. They have the experience and the equipment to extract water from any area and repair the damage as efficiently as possible.

Yes, floods are notorious for being destructive and unpredictable. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t prepare for them. Just remember to follow these tips and stay calm so you can conquer any situation the flood puts you in.

Looking for a reliable restoration company that’s ready to assist you when a flood hits your Gainesville, Ocala, or Lake City, Florida home? Then don’t hesitate to contact Dreyer’s DKI today. We’ve been a full-service restoration company for over 35 years, so you can trust our experienced hands to help you rise from any disaster.

Our fully licensed and certified technicians are also trained to act fast, so you can return to normal living conditions sooner. Just contact us at 352-403-0350 anytime as our emergency services are available 24/7.