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How to prepare for a flood and it's aftermath in your Coon Rapids home

8/16/2015 (Permalink)

If there is any amount of flood damage whatsoever, it is important to stay off the property


As the landscape around your Coon Rapids home continues to change due to natural causes such as wildfires and rainfall, it is important to continuously update one's flood preparation plans. Failing to prepare for a flood could not only mean expensive flood damage that will put a homeowner's finances at risk, it will also risk the safety and well-being of their family. This is why everyone should keep these flood preparation tips in mind and know exactly what to do after flood damage has occurred. 

Pay Attention to Local Threats
The first step should involve finding and accounting for local threats near your home. This includes any nearby streams or runoffs that could become problematic after a flood. Residents can also contact the local PD or municipal offices to see if there is a flood warning system that will make automatic calls or text messages. Finally, locals may want to invest in a scanner or scanning app to keep an eye out for real-time alerts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Prepare Your Property
Every few months, homeowners should go through their home and property to ensure that they are as prepared as possible for any flooding. This begins with cleaning out culverts, storm drains, and rain gutters from any debris that could clog them. Families may also want to contact specialist that can help them come up with more comprehensive solutions such as lifting the water heater off the ground, installing a sump pump, or redoing the roof. 

Prepare Your Family and Create a Disaster Kit
Every family that lives in a flood prone area should have a disaster plan and a stocked disaster kit that will last them for at least 72 hours. A disaster plan must cover information such as where vital documents are located and where the family should evacuate to. The kit should include medication, some food supplies, water, batteries, flashlights and copies of all important documentation such as insurance policies and birth certificates. 

What to Do After A Flood
Finally, families should consider what must be done after a flood takes place. If there is any amount of flood damage whatsoever, it is important to stay off the property until it has been cleared by local officials. If further damage such as a washed away road is noticed, a family must notify the local PD or sheriff immediately. From that point, a family will need to contact their insurance provider for emergency funds and to schedule a meeting with a claims adjuster. Once the flood has passed and the damage has been serveyed, call your local SERVPRO of Coon Rapids / Central Anoka County - (763) 712-9712. They can make it, "Like it never even happened." 

We live and work in this community too; we might even be neighbors. As a locally owned and operated business, SERVPRO of Coon Rapids/Central Anoka County is close by and ready to respond to your flood or storm damage emergency. We are proud to be an active member of the Coon Rapids community and want to do our part to make our community the best it can be.

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