The increase in floods due to climate change means you have to think about the reality that your home may become flooded and if you are not prepared then this can have long-term disastrous effects.
At Krisis Bags, we understand that preparing for a disaster can be scary and it can be a challenge to know where to start, what to pack and what to do. In this article, we will help you to make the appropriate decisions in the event of a flood to make things a little bit easier for you and your family.
What To Do Before a Flood
Prepping your home for a disaster is all about being organised and prepared. That is the key step, if you fail to prepare then you may not have enough time when a flood strikes to save your home and your belongings.
Use sandbags to block doors and flood bags to keep your indoor belongings & furniture dry and safe. Try to move any items to higher ground and raise as much as possible off the ground. An important piece of admin that you cannot neglect is making sure that you have insurance that is suitable and covers your building and contents from flood damage. Before a flood, it is good practice to know how to turn off your power, electricity and water to help prevent further damage. Once you are prepared all you can do is stay up to date with the news and the weather forecast regarding any alerts or warnings.
What To Do During A Flood
In the event of a flood you need to act quickly and most importantly you need to be smart. Act quickly with your Krisis Flood Bags to ensure all furniture and belongings are neatly packed away and safe and weigh down your toilet seats and plug your bath and sinkholes.
During a flood your safety is paramount, your belongings and your home can be bought and repaired. Depending on the severity of the flood, you may be asked to evacuate by emergency services and asked to get somewhere safe. However, if it is a low-level flood then getting to higher ground or going upstairs (if this is feasible for you) will be safe enough as long as you can easily escape. Once you are in a safe place, you need to try and stay informed whether this is by the radio, television, or social media. Remember to never leave your home without your emergency flood kit!
What To Do After A Flood
First things first, after a flood you need time to recover. Remember to look after yourself and stay with family or friends if your home has been damaged.
From there when you are in a safe and comfortable environment, you need to make a plan. When your home is damaged from the flooding you need to act relatively quickly to try to salvage what is left. Once everything is deemed safe and the flooding has stopped, you can go and check your property but stay safe, flood water can have sharp objects, and uneven surfaces that will be difficult to see.
Once you are in your home, assess the damage and if your power, gas and electricity has had any contact with water then do not turn it back on yourself. You should wait for a professional to come out and check it all over.
If unfortunately your home has been damaged then this is the time to call your insurance company and inform them of this or your landlord if you do not own your home. Follow their advice and take photographs of any of the damage before you start to throw it out. If you have purchased your Krisis Flood Bag – Dry Bag prior to the flood, and prepared for the evitable damage, then when you return home you will find the Krisis flood bag waiting for you. Simply unzip your Krisis Flood Bag – Dry Bag to retrieve your dry belongings and furniture that have been protected.