Know Your Plan Of Action When A Flood Occurs
Summer is in full swing and it's important to set forth a plan of action for your employees and family so they know what to do in case of a storm. SERVPRO is here to give you a few flood tips so you can be prepared.
If you are an employer, make evacuation plans that everyone knows and can implement. Assign a few individuals to keep a list of other employees names so everyone can be accounted for in an emergency situation. This list should contain phone numbers and names so all employers can be contacted if they are not in sight.
If water enters your home or workplace and evacuation is not possible, move to a higher floor and wait for rescuers. Do not try to get out on your own if it seems like a dangerous situation. If you are able to evacuate on your own, do not drive through flood waters or rising waters. Almost half of all flash flood fatalities are auto-related.
Other important tips to know during a flash flood are not to touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water and don't attempt to walk through moving water. Even six inches of moving water can cause you to fall or lose balance.
Do not use any type of open flame as there may be gas escaping from ruptured lines and this can cause a huge fire. Along with ruptured lines could be floodwaters contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. It is best to avoid flood waters at all costs and wait for first responders for rescue.
A flood can be a scary and dangerous situation, but with these few tips, you, your family and employees can be safe and ready for whatever happens.
If you have been affected by a flood or have any questions, please reach out to SERVPRO of Upper Bucks for answers or help.