Floods

 

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flooding has caused more damage in the U.S. than any other severe, weather-related event.

Download this checklist to make sure you have the products and resources that can help keep people and property safe in a flood emergency.

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TIPS TO PREPARE

Communicate and test a comprehensive emergency plan with your staff

Elevate power components if susceptible to flooding

Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent backup

Construct barriers to prevent floodwater from entering

Seal walls with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage

TIPS TO RESPOND AND RECOVER

Do not enter the facility if you smell gas or if flood water still surrounds the building

If you have any doubts about safety, do not enter until the facility is inspected by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer

Before you enter your facility or building, walk carefully around the outside and look around for loose power lines or structural damage

Keep a battery-powered radio with you so you can listen for news updates

Do not return to the flood zone until local officials declare the area safe

Buildings often sustain hidden damage in foundations; enter with extreme caution

Listen for emergency information on a battery-operated radio or television

Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon as possible

Avoid floodwater: it may contain oil, gasoline, or raw sewage

Remember, floodwater may be electrically charged

 

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