How to Recover From a Flood
If one is fortunate enough to deal with minor flooding, there probably won’t be a need to leave the home. However, if it was major flooding that one has evacuated from, there are certain steps that can be taken. What is important is getting things back to normal as quickly as possible.
Tip No. 1: Ensure Safety First
After a major flood, first, wait for the ‘all clear’ signal from emergency services before going into an affected area. Before entering a property, ask authorities if it is safe to do so. After doing so, try to cope with the damage, clean-up, and recovery.
Tip No. 2: Contact Immediate Family Members
Stay connected with family, friends, and relatives to know about each one’s status. Send text messages rather than calling them; this can be faster than a phone call.
Tip No. 3: Stay Updated
Even though the rain may stop, continue listening to the news while staying alert always for extended rainfalls and flooding. Continue updating with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) until the typhoon is confirmed clear.
Tip No. 4: Enter With Caution
Before entering the home, check for structural damage, hazards such as cracks in the foundation, gas leaks, broken power lines, leaking chemicals and wildlife (snake, spiders, and other animals).
Tip No. 5: Keep Things Dry
The next biggest enemy is mold. Mold can grow within 24 to 48 hours of saturation on furniture, bedding, and other high moisture-retaining items. Sun-dry and clean these items thoroughly before mold starts to make their infestation. Open your windows and doors to let air inside to help dry out the interior of the property. For best mold remediation, contact a professional.
Tip No. 6: Remove Standing Water
Gradually pump out any standing water or scoop up water with a bucket, while wearing the right protective gear to prevent exposure to floodwaters. This is best done by a professional.
Tip No. 7: Keep in Touch Early with Insurance
If there is still time while floodwater starts pouring into the home, contact the insurance company immediately and let them know that the home has been flooded. Take pictures of the flood-related damage to the home, as this will provide evidence in the event of an insurance claim.
Tip No. 8: Talk to Neighbors
Advise family members to talk about their experiences with friends and neighbors. Sharing is part of the healing process; even the most resilient person may begin to feel stressed, insecure, and maybe even a little frightened. It is essential that those affected by a disaster address their emotional needs.
Tip No. 9: Document the Damage
Always take pictures of the damage, both of the building and its contents, for personal, insurance, and recording purposes. If there’s equipment available, better record a video for better quality.
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