It is unfortunate that storm damage occurred during the COVID-19 epidemic. If you are in an area prone to flooding, plan, and practice flood evacuation routes with your family. If your family is separated during the flood, please ask relatives or friends as "family contacts." Make sure everyone in your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact.
Keep up with the situation. Know the emergency plan, warning signs, evacuation routes, and location of emergency shelters in your community.
Inform local authorities of any special needs, such as the elderly, or any disabled.
Prepare for the flood.
Before the flood hits, make sure you protect or protect your home from any danger.
When there is stagnant water, dropped power cords, or evacuated, please be prepared to turn off the power. Please turn off the gas and water supply before evacuation. Building materials that ensure structural instability.
If you do not have a dehumidifier, please buy one. Make sure your family knows where it is and how to use it.
Purchase and install a sewage pump with a backup power supply.
A licensed electrician is required to elevate electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) to at least 12 inches of the expected flood height of the house.
For the connection of sewers, toilets, and other sewers, please install return valves or plugs to prevent flooding.
An anchored fuel tank can contaminate your basement if it is torn. The externally unanchored water tank can sweep downstream and damage other houses.
If you are under flood surveillance or warning:
- Collect emergency supplies stored at home and keep an eye on local radio or television stations for updates.
- If you need to evacuate, turn off all utilities on the main power switch and close the main gas valve.
- Keep immunization records or pay attention to the last tetanus vaccination in case you get stabbed or contaminated wounds during or after the flood.
- Prepare an emergency water supply. Store at least 1 gallon of water for each person and each pet every day. Store for at least 3 days.
- Bring outdoor items such as lawn furniture and trash cans indoors, or tie them firmly.
By creating an emergency supplies box, you can stock up on supplies that you may need during the flood. Make sure the following consumables are included in your kit:
- Car emergency tools, including food, flares, power cables, maps, tools, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, sleeping bags, etc.
- Rubber boots, sturdy shoes, and waterproof gloves.
- Prepare food and water.
- Make sure that you and your family have enough safe food and water (for drinking) in the event of a flood.
Prepare to evacuate.
Never ignore an evacuation order. If you are in a low-lying area or on a channel with the highest rising water, the authorities will direct you to leave.
Even if you have not been ordered to evacuate, it is best to be prepared when flood surveillance is issued. Prepare your house, car, and relatives for possible evacuation:
- Fill the car’s gas tank and make sure you have a car emergency kit.
- If there is no available vehicle, please arrange transportation with friends or family.
- If you have a pet, make sure to designate a shelter for pets.
- Check your emergency plan and supplies to check if any items are missing.
- Listen to weather updates on the radio or TV.
- Listen to disaster alerts and warning signs.
If the house is damaged or emergency personnel instructs you to evacuate, be prepared to evacuate the shelter or neighbor’s house.
Recovery after the flood.
If your house is not severely damaged, consider hiring a professional flood recovery team. They will use professional water damage repair equipment to reduce the loss of your house property and restore your house to its pre-disaster state. Alorair is a manufacturer of dehumidifiers, dedicated to water damage repair services, providing a series of equipment for drying, dehumidification, and air purification. Help everyone solve the water damage problem.