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How to Prepare for a Flood

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A flood is one of the most destructive disasters you can encounter, so it’s vital to prepare once you hear reports of a major, incoming tornado or hurricane. However, many homeowners are unfamiliar with the proper steps needed to prevent the floodwaters destroying their homes.

If you’re having difficulty preparing for this type of event, or wonder what the proper procedures would include, this article will explain what to do before, during and after a flood. Following these tips will reduce your property damages and increase your chances of survival in the wake of a tornado or other major storm accompanied by torrential rains:

Before the Storm

The first thing you want to do is check with local news outlets and gather any information about the storm. By keeping a close eye on the weather, you can estimate its strength and consider possible problems that will surface when it reaches your area.

For this reason, it’s imperative that take these precautions to minimize potential damages:

  • Bring in the outdoor furniture
  • Board up the windows and exterior doors
  • Place home appliances on elevated surfaces
  • Seal any air and water leaks in your basement
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Next, you need to stock up on the following supplies:

  • Toiletries
  • Batteries
  • Flashlights
  • Emergency cash
  • Battery powered radio
  • Fully charged cellphones
  • Fully stocked first aid kit
  • Three days of food and water per person

Finally, you should place important documents (e.g. passports, insurance, etc.) in a waterproof container.

During the Disaster

Once the storm arrives, your top priority is to stay safe. You can minimize the risk of being swept away by the floodwaters and other debris by doing the following:

Indoor Precautions

  • Avoid the floodwater, if possible
  • Turn off your main water and power supply
  • Don’t use any gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded

Outdoor Precautions

  • Get to higher ground
  • Stay away from beaches, riverbanks and lakes
  • Don’t attempt to swim, drive or walk through the floodwaters

What to Do Once the Storm Passes

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Once the skies clear and the water recedes, it’s still not wise to leave the safety of your home or enter your damaged property if you evacuated. Your home and its surrounding area can still be filled with debris, toxic chemicals and other hazardous materials. It is in your best interest to wait until the local authorities declare it safe to return.

Afterward, you need to call your local restoration company to deal with the consequences of the flood ASAP. If the restoration or cleanup isn’t done properly, the following contaminants will have an easier time infiltrating your home:

  • Mold and mildew
  • Water-loving insects and other pests
  • Waterborne illnesses, viruses and disease-causing bacteria

Trust Advanced Restoration to Help You Recover from a Flood

When your home has been flooded, it’s crucial that you contact Advanced Restoration. Our company is your reliable and fast-acting restoration expert that offers top-notch water and storm damage restoration services in the Greater Oklahoma City, Oklahoma area. We’re committed to helping you recover from any disaster as quickly and as safely as possible, so our lines are open 24/7. Give us a call at 405-276-4542 and our customer service representatives will dispatch our emergency response crew the moment we receive your call.