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.
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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.