Effects of flood damage can be devastating. The extent of injuries and destruction of property as a result of rising waters will depend on the magnitude of the flood. To ensure that you recover from the outcomes of a flood, you should employ some best practices within a day after the flood. This will help you to promote the safety of your family and home. Here's how to go about it.
Ensure safety for yourself and family
The first step should be to ensure that all your family members are safe. It is important to stay together, discuss your problems, reassure yourselves, and set a schedule to manage the situation. Moving the family to a secure location is a reasonable place to start.
Small children, people with health problems, and pregnant women should be kept away from the flooded areas. Try to wash your hands using soap and water and disinfect dishes whenever possible. Confirm that all drinking water is safe for consumption and report any health hazards to the relevant authorities.
Establish the safety of your home
Make sure it is safe to enter the house before going in. Remember to turn off electricity and gas before you go in. You can prevent further damage to the home by making sure fresh air moves around the house, removing debris and repairing broken areas.
Part of getting organized will involve contacting your insurance agent to start the process of making a claim. The agent will advise you on whether your insurance policy will provide compensation for the loss. You can also assess the extent of damage in the house and start the necessary repairs to any structural damages.
Remove any mud or silt that may have accumulated in the home. Lower the humidity levels in the house and call a contractor. Check if your appliances are working properly and repair any electrical appliances that may have been damaged.
Check for financial assistance
Find out if there is any financial support from your insurance company, government disaster programs, volunteer organizations or local businesses.