What to Do After a Flood

Tips After a Flood

  • Before entering your home, check outside for loose power lines, damaged gas lines, foundation cracks, or other damage.
  • Parts of your home may be damaged or collapsed. Approach entrances carefully. Inspect porch roofs and overhangs for possible damage to supports.
  • Watch out for wild animals that may have come into your home with the floodwater.
  • If you smell natural or propane gas, leave immediately and call the fire department.
  • If power lines are down outside your home, do not step in puddles or standing water.
  • Make sure your food and water are safe. Throw away items that have come in contact with floodwater, including canned goods, water bottles, and utensils.
  • Contact your local or state public health department to see if your water supply might be contaminated. You may need to boil or treat it before use.

If you’re prepared for a flood, you’ll be more likely to make better decisions if faced with an emergency situation. Take steps as early as possible to prepare your property and your family for a potential flood event.
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