Flood Safety Tips for Northwest Fort Worth
Storms and heavy rains devastate different regions every year. Some of the biggest dangers caused by storms can occur after the storm has already passed. Floods rank as one of the most common and widespread natural disasters in the United States. On average, floods cost $6 billion in annual losses in the U.S. Flooding can also result from plumbing failures, frozen pipes and damaged structures. Knowing how to prepare and deal with potential flooding in advance can affect how much of your property can be restored and how much has to be replaced.
Whether you live near a coastline, along city streets, in the mountains, near a river or even in the desert, there is potential for suffering flood damage. Below are flood safety tips to follow:
During a Flood Watch or Warning
- Gather emergency supplies
- Listen to your local radio or television station for updates.
- Have immunization records handy (Store immunization records in a waterproof container)
- Prepare an emergency food and water supply. Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. Store at least a 3-day supply
- Bring in outdoor possessions (lawn furniture, grills, trash cans) or tie them down securely
- If evacuation appears necessary: turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve.
- Leave areas subject to flooding: low spots, canyons, washes, etc. (Remember: avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water)
After Flooding Occurs
- Avoid driving through flooded areas and standing water. As little as six inches of water can cause you to lose control of your vehicle
- Do not drink flood water, or use it to wash dishes, brush teeth, or wash/prepare food. Drink clean, safe water.
- If you evacuated: return to your home only after local authorities have said it is safe to do so.
- Listen to water advisory from local authorities to find out if your water is safe for drinking and bathing. (During a water advisory, use only bottled, boiled, or treated water for drinking, cooking, etc.)
- When in doubt, throw it out! Throw away any food and bottled water that comes/may have come into contact with flood water.
- Prevent carbon monoxide(CO) poisoning. Use generators at least 20 feet from any doors, windows, or vents. If you use a pressure washer, be sure to keep the engine outdoors and 20 feet from windows, doors, or vents as well.
SERVPRO ofNorthwest Fort Worth specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.
Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.
Resources to Handle Floods and Storms
When storms hit Northwest Fort Worth, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams that are strategically located throughout the United States.