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Flood Recovery

After the water stop rushing and you are cleared to return to your homes, the danagers are not over with yet. Recovering from a flood is just as dangerous as the flod itself. 

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australia flooding 2010 road sign 31001 600x450If you are under a flood watch or warning:

  • Gather the emergency supplies you previously stocked in your home and stay tuned to local radio or television station for updates.
  • Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears necessary.
  • Have your immunization records handy or be aware of your last tetanus shot, in case you should receive a puncture wound or a wound becomes contaminated during or after the flood.
  • Fill bathtubs, sinks and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sanitize the sinks and tubs first by using bleach. Rinse and fill with clean water.
  • Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills and trash cans inside or tie them down securely.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur, and if there is possibility will happen, then move to a higher ground.
  • Be aware of streams, drainage channels, canyons, etc.
  • Move furniture in house to an upper floor.
  • Disconnect all electricity appliances and do not touch electrical equipment when it is wet.
  • Do not walking through moving water and do not drive as well.

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Flood Mitigation..colorado flooding

Mitigation defined is: It includes any activities that prevent an emergency, reduce the chance of an emergency happening, or lessen the damaging effects of unavoidable emergencies. Investing in mitigation steps now such as constructing barriers such as levees and purchasing flood insurance will help reduce the amount of structural damage to your home and financial loss from building and crop damage should a flood or flash flood occur.

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Trapped woman on a car roof during flash flooding in Toowoomba 2Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. As much as 90 percent of the damage related to all natural disasters (not to include droughts) is caused by floods and associated debris flows. On average Floods cause $3.7 billion dollars worth of damage and kill 110 people per year. The number one reason is due to flash floods.

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Know what to expect

  • Know your area's flood risk. Check with your local emergency management department for this information.
  • If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.
  • Listen to local radio or television stations for flood information.
  • Floods can take several hours to days to develop.
  • A FLOOD WATCH means a flood is possible in your area.
  • A FLOOD WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
  • Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to develop.

Prepare a family emergency plan

  • Check your homeowner's or renter's insurance to see if it covers flooding. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box or on a memory stick that you can take with you.
  • Assemble a Disaster Supplies Kit containing First Aid Kits, canned food and bottle opener, bottled water, rubber boots and gloves, battery powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries. 
  • Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places, a friend's home in another town, a motel, or shelter.