Accidents and natural disasters happen no matter what preparatory measures are in place. Whether it’s severe rainfall, hurricane-force winds, or a broken water line in the home, the outcome is never one we fully anticipate. In March 2018 alone, an estimated 1.4 million dollars worth of damages occurred from severe storms that produce hail all across Alabama to Florida. Damages can accrue thousands of dollars from just one inch of water. And if not taken care of properly, this can be a costly annual nightmare. Check out these six helpful steps to prepare you and your family for flooding.

 

Have a Plan

Suppose you’re able to prepare beforehand. There are a few things you can do to ensure safety. First, you’ll need to stock up on necessary items quickly. This includes gallons of water, nonperishable foods and canned goods, extra batteries, cash, flashlights, and all medical/insurance records and information. You can buy propane in Port St. Lucie, especially if you reside on the east coast this season.

 

Evacuation

According to FEMA, an estimated 60% of Americans don’t prepare for a natural disasters and emergencies. If you find yourself among this percentage, you’ll need to fill your gas tank so you’re ready when you’re told to evacuate. Even if you haven’t been urged to take shelter elsewhere, you’ll need to have a place that you can escape to.

 

Listen Local

Tune in to your local radio station to hear for evacuation routes and safe locations and instructions. If you are unable to obtain a working radio but can move through the water before it starts rising, find a shelter that has working access.

 

Safeguarding your Home & Power Down

If a flood is forecasted to hit your area, shut down all power sources such as furnace, gas valves and electricity. This will avoid any explosions or fires that can occur. If there are any cracks in the foundation, windows or basement, seal all impairments immediately.

 

Go to a High Point

Under extreme circumstances the water may be rising to an intolerable level. This means that you are unable to drive, walk, or move through the flow of oncoming waters and you will need to go to the highest level of your apartment building, roof of your house or car and stay secure as you signal for help. Never swim or drive through the rushing water as you can drown or become swept in the undertow and into a dangerous location.

 

Basement or House Flood

While it’s important to keep all of the above in the forefront of your mind when preparing for natural disasters, sometimes a house flood can become hazardous & detrimental as well.

  1. First, if it’s possible to take pictures, you’ll need to document the damage. This will help the insurance company make the appropriate decisions. Do not remove the water until your insurance company gives you the OK to do so.
  2. Your health is important when household floods occur. Mold grows rapidly, especially in warm climates so it’s important to evacuate the premises immediately if the water has already done damage and after you’ve taken the necessary pictures (if possible).

Have you considered these preparation techniques in the event of a flood? Perhaps you’re ready for a residential propane in Port St Lucie area or wherever you reside on the east coast. Let us help you prepare for hurricane season, inspect your propane tank, or get you acquainted with a new one. Call us today for more information!