How to Prepare for Storm Damage Caused by Floods
The chance of flooding is on the rise, even in areas where flooding was once considered unlikely. To go back to basics, if there’s a chance of rain then there’s a chance of floods.
According to the technical definition, flooding has occurred once two or more acres or properties have been submerged in water.
But this definition won’t matter to you if you’re actually experiencing a flood. The safety of you and your family and your property will be what matters. So for preparation and safety tips in the event of floods or storm damage, keep reading.
1. You need backup power
A generator is a must for any home. It’s vital that you can generate your own power since it’s impossible to know if the storm will knock out the city power grids or not. The size of your home and electricity needs will determine the generator type you need.
As a safety precautions, move all electrical devices to higher ground if possible. This will hopefully save them from water damage, as well as minimize electrocution risks since water conducts electricity.
2. You need to know the risk of flooding
Even if you think the risk is low, become familiar with your area’s official flood risk. Good resources for this information can be found with FEMA and the local government. Knowledge is the best prevention. For the North Thornton and Brighton area, start here.
A weather radio is a good way to stay informed and aware of potential flood risks. After you purchase one, be sure that you are familiar with the different NOAA emergency notifications.
3. You need to be prepared.
Do you have an emergency preparedness kit? Is it stocked and ready for a flood? In your kit, include a waterproof container for important documents and medications. Remember to include plenty of fresh water; flood waters are usually contaminated and thus contaminate other water sources. For a list of what to include in your kit, read this.
4. You need to evacuate.
Evacuation requires planning. Does your local government have an official evacuation plan? Start there. Once you have that plan, create a personalized evacuation plan for your family and anyone in your household. This plan should include emergency means of communication. Practice the plan until everyone has it memorized - especially young children.
Floods cause significant damage. Be cautious when returning to a flooded area. Because the area may have become dangerous, it’s important to call for professional help.
After a flood, SERVPRO® of North Thornton/Brighton is always ready to help.