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How to Prepare for Floods

7/13/2020 (Permalink)

In terms of damage and destruction, floods are one of the most dangerous natural disasters. Floods can affect any area, wherever rain falls the possibility of flooding exists. A few of the most common causes of flooding are:

  • Melting snow
  • Unusually heavy rain in a short period of time
  • Levee or dam failure
  • Mudflow after forest fires
  • A city water pipe bursting
  • Rivers overflowing their banks
  • New land development
  • Fire hydrants and above-ground swimming pools
  • Hurricanes
  • Melting ice
  • Rapid weather changes
  • Tropical storms

While these disaster are often unpredictable, there are a few step you can take to prepare for possible weather events and minimize the damage caused. You can: 

  • Keep your furnace, water heater, and electric panel elevated, especially flooding is common where you live
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with clean water before eating and ensure that you do not drink from any contaminated sources.
  • Avoid contact with flood water, as it may contain oil, sewage, and/or other contaminates
  • Move furniture and important items to higher levels in your house and bring in any outdoor furniture
  • Put together an emergency kit, including a three day supply of food and water, a flashlight, batteries, toiletries, a first aid kit, and blankets
  • Pay attention to radio or television warnings
  • If possible, turn off utilities at the main switches and disconnect appliances
  • Store important documents in a fire and waterproof container

If you have experienced flood damage to your home, we are here to help you. You call us at (732) 248-9555 anytime to get a quick response from our restoration experts.



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