Friday, October 2, 2015

Prepare for a Flood: Hurricane Joaquin & Heavy Rains

As hurricane Joaquin moves up the coast we want to be sure you have as many resources as possible to deal with the heavy rains that may impact our clients.  Please the website for the National Flood Insurance Program for lots of free resources about flood and the risk from heavy rains.  

The NFIP recommends the following:  

  • Review your current homeowners insurance policy and become familiar with what is and is not covered, as damage due to flooding is typically not covered.
  • Make a flood plan and plan evacuation routes.
  • Itemize and take pictures of possessions.
  • Keep valuable items and family heirlooms on the upper floors of your home or building.  We offer free home inventory information & forms on the free reports section of our website or by clicking HERE.

​BEFORE A FLOOD OCCURS

Prepare your house.

  • First make sure your sump pump is working and then install a battery-operated backup, in case of a power failure. Installing a water alarm will also let you know if water is accumulating in your basement.
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Anchor any fuel tanks.
  • Raise your electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12 inches above your home's projected flood elevation.
  • Place the furnace, water heater, washer, and dryer on cement blocks at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation.
  • Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.

 3. Develop a family emergency plan.

  • Create a safety kit with drinking water, canned food, first aid, blankets, a radio, and a flashlight.
  • Post emergency telephone numbers by the phone and teach your children how to dial 911.
  • Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Know safe routes from home, work, and school that are on higher ground.
  • Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be your emergency family contact.
  • Have a plan to protect your pets.

DURING A FLOOD - PROTECT YOURSELF AND YOUR HOME

Here's what you can do to stay safe during a flood:

  • If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
  • Do not attempt to walk across flowing streams or drive through flooded roadways.
  • If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof.
  • Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.
  • If you've come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.
AFTER A FLOOD

As soon as floodwater levels have dropped, it's time to start the recovery process. Here's what you can do to begin restoring your home.

  • If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim.
  • Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse.
  • Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property.
  • Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items.
  • Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
  • Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
  • Prevent mold by removing wet contents immediately.
  • Wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with a pine-oil cleanser and bleach, completely dried, and monitored for several days for any fungal growth and odors.

​STAY SAFE - NEVER DRIVE THROUGH A FLOOD - VISIT HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION AND CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS. CONCERNS OR PROBLEMS.

 

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