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Floods Happen – Anytime, Anywhere. Be Prepared!

Nov 12, 2014

By: Chelsea Haley, DKI Ventures, LLC

In response to the recent flooding in parts of the U.S., DKI wants to inform you all how to prepare for a flood – what to do before, during and after.

BEFORE:

  1. Know your location’s risk for flooding
  2. Create an evacuation plan with all of your employees.
  3. Build an emergency kit.
  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Clothing
  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • Batteries
  • Include important documents: insurance, medical information, etc. (Files and information you may need to stay away from your business for several days)
  1. Stay up to date with the news and weather reports.

DURING:

  1. Act quickly & move immediately to an upper level (where water cannot reach you, and where you can escape).
  2. Be prepared to evacuate immediately.
  3. Do NOT walk across flowing water of 6 inches or higher.
  4. Avoid electrical cords.
  5. Shut off water, gas, and other electrical sources at the main breaker.
  6. Do NOT drive.
  • If you have to, proceed with caution.

AFTER:

  1. Wait for officials’ inspection.
  • Do NOT enter a flooded building until given the green light.
  • Keep the power OFF, until officials tell you otherwise.
  1. Inspect foundation for structural damage.
  • Check walls, floors, doors, windows and ceilings for risk of collapsing.
  1. Dry out damaged items and wet areas. Use fans or dehumidifiers.
  • Disconnect electronics and move to higher ground or a dry location.
  • Roll up area rugs and move to higher ground – to dry out and prevent mold from forming.

In the event of a flood, call us immediately to prevent further damage including mold.