Be Prepared When a Storm Strikes
Floods can occur in every single U.S. state. Below are a few steps to take before, during, and after a flood from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
- Know Your Risk: Is your home or business in a floodplain? Where is water likely to collect on the roadways you most often travel? What is the fastest way to get to higher ground? Knowing the answers to these questions ahead of time can save your life.
- Assemble an Emergency Kit: It is good practice to have enough food, water and medicine on hand at all times to last you at least 3 days in the case of an emergency. You should also have batteries, blankets, flashlights, first aid kit, rubber boots, rubber gloves, and a battery-operated radio easily available.
- Get to a Higher Ground: Get out of areas subject to flooding and get to higher ground immediately
- Stay Informed: Monitor local radio and television, internet and social media for information and updates.
- Practice Electrical Safety: Don't go into a basement, or any room, if water covers the electrical outlets or if cords are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises --get out!
- Contact Your Family and Loved Ones: Let your family and close friends know that you’re okay so they can help spread the word. Register with or search the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well listings.
- Wait for the "All Clear": Do not enter a flood damaged home or building until you're given the all clear by authorities. If you choose to enter a flood damaged building, be extremely careful. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to discuss the damage done to your property
If a flood occurs and affects you, call SERVPRO of Northeast Columbus. Even minor floods have potential to cause major damage. Let us help you get your life back in order.