Recently the United States has seen some unbelievable amounts of water resulting in flooding parts of the Midwest region which has put stress on the homeowners and agricultural producers in the area. Luckily many resources have been released by relief specialists and working professionals covering tips for recovering and preparing for the flooding.
We felt that taking a closer look at general flooding tips for before, during, and after would be helpful to some individuals that may be experiencing one of these stages of the flooding. Released by Valley Water they outlined some helpful tips for all three stages.
- Prepare a family disaster plan for floods, earthquakes, and fires. Make an emergency kit for your home and for your car with emergency supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, water and non-perishable food.
- Move insurance policies, documents and other valuables to a safe deposit box.
- Prior to a storm, examine your house for cracks in the foundation, exterior walls and small openings around pipes, and seal them. Elevate important utility structures such as electrical panels, switches, sockets, wiring, appliances, and heating systems.
- Learn the locations of streams and drainage channels in your neighborhood.
- Learn how to turn off utilities to your home and keep your car’s gas tank full so you won’t be stranded.
- Learn the best route to high ground to avoid flood waters.
- Purchase flood insurance.
- Be aware that flash flooding can occur and move immediately to higher ground.
- Tune to local radio stations for emergency information, traffic updates, and instructions.
- If you must evacuate, turn off utilities at the main switches or valves. Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Evacuation is easier and safer before flood waters become too deep.
- Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you and to aid in balance.
- Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away. A foot of water will float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUVs and pick-ups.
- Listen for news reports on whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters. Water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Stay away from downed power lines and report them to your power company.
- Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
- Never try to walk, swim, drive or play in floodwater.
- Stay out of any building that is surrounded by floodwater. Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage.
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leach systems as soon as possible.
- Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
Asides from safety tips in the home and flood areas we are going to touch on some safety tips for our specialty which of course is your irrigation system. We understand that everyone is eager to go and check out damages to our equipment after flooding or a natural disaster occurs. When doing so please follow the safety tips that were highlighted by Reinke Manufacturing for checking your irrigation system.
- Wait for the waters to completely recede.
- Contact your dealership to inspect your system for needed repairs or to restore power to your center pivot and other irrigation equipment.
- Do NOT attempt to do this yourself as there could be additional electrical safety hazards due to debris striking electrical components on equipment, broken power lines and other unforeseen dangers.
- Your local dealership has a great deal of experience with irrigation systems and will be more likely to notice additional damage, problems or needed repairs before you go on-site or contact your insurance company.
- *Be Aware* — Some areas are requiring a permit before restoring any form of power. Your local dealership will know how to find this information.
- Contact your insurance company to file a claim. Claims should be completed as soon as possible.