(PRWEB) June 27, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of flood damage and water restoration services in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on the proper procedures for evacuation in advance of expected flood waters. Floods kill more people every year than any other natural disaster, and many of these fatalities may have been prevented through proper planning.
Floods seldom give enough notice to move everything out, so it is important to know exactly what is going to be taken and have a plan in place for moving all of it in a timely and efficient manner.
It is important to have hard copies of all valuable documents such as financial records, health, school, insurance, and family ID packed together and able to be moved at a moment’s notice. A kit with hand tools and basic first aid (as well as any required medications) should also be taken.
Take provisions, bottled water, cash, and clothes, enough to support a stay of several days away from your home. Digital files and other components should be backed up offsite so that they will not be lost if the hard drive is damaged or destroyed. Mobile devices should be taken, along with their chargers and / or spare batteries.
Shut off all utilities servicing the home, and shut them off at the source. They should remain off until after the flood has passed, any repairs have been made, and then only the utility provider should turn the power or gas back on. This is for the safety of the homeowners and family members.
If the flooding is expected to be minor, then as many items as possible should be moved to upper floors, starting with the most valuable or most delicate items. Pool chlorine barrels, gasoline cans, and other potentially messy items should be removed, and refrigerators should be emptied out.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration service in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.