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Prepare Ahead of Time for Flooding

12/26/2021 (Permalink)

yellow boots walking in rain Rain, dam overflows, and water system failures can all cause flash floods to strike unexpectedly and without warning. (Photo by Valeria Boltneva.)

Rain and thunderstorms are not just the causes of why floods happen. It can happen in unexpected times and unexpected places, too. Rain, coastal storms, dam overflows, and water system failures can all cause flash floods to strike unexpectedly and without warning. They can appear suddenly or gradually. So, even if you have never seen flooding near your home does not mean you are safe from the risks and dangers it can bring to you physically, financially, and mentally. 

Learn how to prepare for a flood and what activities you can take to lessen the effect and damage caused by floodwaters by following our tips and suggestions below:

Steps to Take Before a Flood

  • Prepare and review your flood plan.
  • Ensure that you have supplies like food and water. An emergency preparedness kit containing first-aid supplies, cash, flashlight, and batteries is also a must.
  • Maintain well-stocked emergency survival kits not just in your home but also in your office and vehicles.
  • Ensure you're familiar with your area's emergency plans. Please get to know your local emergency management office and how they communicate with the community to make sure you receive timely alerts and warnings.
  • Research your home's location to assess flood risks and emergency plans. If you need to evacuate, you should know where to go and how to get there.
  • To prevent water from accumulating in gutters and downspouts, ensure gutters, pipes, and drains are clear of debris.
  • Move valuables and belongings to a secure location, such as the attic or the upper levels of your home.

Steps to Take During a Flood

  • Steer clear of floodwaters. In the blink of an eye, flood levels can increase or intensify.
  • Make sure you stay tuned to news from TV, radio, or the internet for updates on weather, evacuation orders, or emergency instructions.
  • If you haven't yet and if it's safe to do so, secure your furniture, equipment, and other valuables to a higher and safer place.
  • Do not drive in flooded areas. 
  • Turn off utilities when needed. 
  • If at all possible, avoid moving through flowing water. 
  • Stay away from rooms where electrical outlets are submerged in water. 

Steps to Do After a Flood

  • Return home only when the authorities advise it is safe to do so.
  • Make sure your water is safe to drink.
  • Clean and disinfect anything that has come in contact with floodwater.
  • Keep an eye out for debris in locations where floodwaters have receded. Floodwaters can cause roads and walkways to erode.
  • Do not drive through still-flooded areas or open stagnant water. 
  • You may also take a photo of the damage to your property for insurance purposes.

People who plan ahead of time for a flood are more likely to keep themselves, their families, and valuables safe. And that's why it's a must to have professionals handle these situations to minimize the effect caused by floodwaters. SERVPRO of Manteca and Modesto is qualified and dedicated to giving the best service possible. We are here to assist and help you at any time. We deliver superior service that efficiently, effectively, and reliably meets your needs. We've got you covered, and we can restore your home to its pre-damaged condition. 

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