Preparing for a Flood in Dallas
Recommended Steps to Take Before a Storm
Once you have obtained flood insurance, there are many things you can do to lessen any losses in your home and make sure your family stays safe in the event of a flood.
Safeguarding Your Possessions
You will want a personal flood file that has information on every possession you own in case of flood damage. Keep it in a secure place, like a safe deposit box or a waterproof container in your Dallas home. This file should have:
- Copies of your insurance policies, including contact information for your agents.
- An inventory for your household. This should be written and visual records, such as a videotape or photographs. It should include all major valuables and household items, even ones in the attic, basement, or garage. Create files which have serial numbers and store receipts for major electronics and appliances. Get artwork and jewelry appraised. These documents will be critically important when filing insurance claims.
- Copies of any other critical documents, like receipts of major purchases and finance records.
- It is not a bad idea to have information on a reputable flood damage restoration company, such as SERVPRO, in these files as well.
Getting Your Home Ready
Ensure your sump pump works properly, and install a backup which is battery-operated in case the power fails. Putting in a water alarm will allow you to know if water is accumulating in the basement. Clean out downspouts and gutters of debris, and anchor any fuel tanks.
You will also want to raise your electrical components such as sockets, switches, wiring and circuit breakers at least twelve inches over your home’s projected flood elevation. Put the water heater, furnace, dryer and washer on cement blocks at least twelve inches over the projected flood elevation as well. Then move your valuables, furniture and important documents to a safe place.
Make a Family Emergency Plan
Make up a safety kit with canned food, drinking water, blankets, first aid, a flashlight, and radio. Put up emergency telephone numbers by the phone and teach your children to dial 911. Create and act out a flood evacuation route with your family. Ensure everyone knows routes which are safe from work, home, and school which are on higher ground. It is a good idea to ask a relative out-of-state to be your emergency contact and ensure that your pets will be safe, as well.
Another perfect thing to have is the ERP, or Emergency Ready Profile, app from SERVPRO. This application will store property details like utility shut off locations, damage photos, key contacts, local weather and more. It is the perfect thing to have to speed up response time after flood damage.
Being prepared for a flood is one thing, but going through one is another. If you and your family have suffered through one, it is imperative that you reach us at SERVPRO of Southeast Dallas County at (972) 227-0800 as soon as it is safe to return to your home so we can help you clean up and restore your home.