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.
- Know your location’s risk for flooding
- If you are at risk for floods, it is highly recommended to purchase flood insurance.
- Create an evacuation plan with all of your employees.
- Build an emergency kit.
- Non-perishable food
- First aid kit
- Include important documents: insurance, medical information, etc. (Files and information you may need to stay away from your business for several days)
- Stay up to date with the news and weather reports.
- Act quickly & move immediately to an upper level (where water cannot reach you, and where you can escape).
- Be prepared to evacuate immediately.
- Do NOT walk across flowing water of 6 inches or higher.
- Avoid electrical cords.
- Shut off water, gas, and other electrical sources at the main breaker.
- Do NOT drive.
- If you have to, proceed with caution.
- Wait for officials’ inspection.
- Do NOT enter a flooded building until given the green light.
- Keep the power OFF, until officials tell you otherwise.
- Inspect foundation for structural damage.
- Check walls, floors, doors, windows and ceilings for risk of collapsing.
- 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.