When it comes to natural disasters, such as floods, it's important to be prepared for the worse; even if you don't know when or where it's going to strike. As well as keeping up with the latest news updates and making sure you have enough supplies, there are several other things you should incorporate into a flood plan to ensure you and your property have the best recovery. Below we have compiled a few extra things you should include in your flood plan.
If you're expecting a flood or your area is prone to excessive flooding, it's always worth identifying your escape points beforehand. This way, if one does hit your area, you and your family can stay safe. A few escape points may include a high yet safe ground floor window if using the main exit isn't an option. If your area regularly experiences flooding or you have heard news that one is going to hit very soon, it may be worth investing in a few sand bags and other defence measures to help provide you and your family with enough time to escape.
Also, as well as initial escape points, you need to have a set destination in mind for when you leave your property; this needs to be quite a high area that won't have been affected by the rising water.
While you should make sure you have food, water and other supplies to last you up to 2 weeks, you should try and travel light. If you have a lot to carry, it might be worth distributing the weight between members of your family or friends; you may need to travel quite a way to find safe ground so it's important to be prepared for this.
If you can, try to make the most of little supplies aside from the important ones; this means leaving behind heavy items that aren't necessary for your trip.
The last thing you need to make sure is on your flood plan is a thought-out contact list. This means including relatives who live nearby, the contact details of all of the people who live in your home and your friends to make sure that if anyone gets lost you can try and get in touch. You should also agree an area that everyone is familiar with to meet up if you get separated and you can't get in touch with them.
In addition, you should think post-flood as well; this means making sure you have the contact details of your flood restoration company so they can help you get back on your feet sooner. It's also worth jotting down your vets details, if you have a pet, in case of injury as well as emergency and hospital numbers.
If you have been affected by recent flooding and need help restoring your property, we can help. Relko has many years' experience in fire and flood restoration and we work to provide our clients with advice and support throughout the whole process. If you'd like to enquire further, please do not hesitate to get in touch today through our website to speak to our friendly customer service team who will work with you to deal with your enquiry or any questions you may have.