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Flooding is a common way that a natural disaster can impact our lives. This is especially true for people who happen to reside in a region that is prone to flooding. Knowledge of flood prevention techniques is imperative to ensure the safety of your home and belongings. If you have received a warning regarding an impending flood, you will need to make preparations immediately. To stop severe flood damage from occurring, the proper steps need to be taken before, during and after the flood.
These steps should be followed before a flood occurs:
1. If your home is in an area that is prone to frequent flooding, the house will need to be reinforced and elevated.
2. Barriers should be assembled, such as flood walls, to stop water from going into the home.
3. If evacuations plans are being made, you will need to secure your home. Take all of your valuables and irreplaceable items to the highest floor of the house. All utilities will need to be turned off at their main source, such as the water, gas and power. All of the electrical appliances will also need to be turned off.
4. Installing sewer taps with check valves will help to prevent flood water from blocking the drains in your house.
5. If you have received a flash flood warning, move to higher ground immediately without waiting for evacuation instructions.
6. The water heater, furnace and electric breaker box should all be elevated in a home that is prone to flooding.
7. If you have heard that a flood is possible, watch television or listen to radio to get information on the severity of the flood.
These steps should be followed during a flood:
1. If it is necessary for you to move through water during a flood, only walk through standing water. When doing this, always check to see if the ground is firm by using a stick. Only walk forward alter you feel certain that the ground is firm. You should never try to walk through water that is moving, as this can result in you falling and hurting yourself.
2. Driving in floods can be extremely dangerous. Fast moving flood water can often have the power to sweep your car off the road. If you are driving and you notice flood water starting to rise, exit the car immediately and run to higher ground or an elevated platform.
These steps should be followed after a flood occurs:
1. Do not return to your home immediately after the flood water recedes. Wait until you get news from local law enforcement that your area has been declared safe.
2. You will need to disinfect, clean and dry out your home and belongings before you can start using them again.
3. Before starting to use your water, gas and power utilities, have an electrician check them to ensure they are safe to use.
Obviously, having flood insurance would also be advisable. Following these tips can help you to safeguard yourself and your property in the unfortunate event of a flood.
For 15 Years Kevin Williams has restored flood damaged properties ranging in size from domestic dwellings to commercial factories.In 2010 He set up Floodsense offering his expertise in Flood Prevention Techniques, Systems and Services.For free E-book and further info on Flood Barriers, and professional advice on Flood Prevention from a leading UK flood protection company visit http://www.floodsense.co.uk
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