How to stay calm in flood emergencies

As the flood water rises inside your Elmhurst, Il house, you may feel upset and overwhelmed. It is also easy to panic in this situation. However, this could make your loved ones even more worried about their flooded home. You should thus try to stay calm and follow the below tips.

1. Do Not Stay in the House
Trying to salvage your property and personal belongings could put yourself at risk. You could start an electrical fire or swallow contaminated sewer water. Instead, head to a shelter, hotel or a relative's house as the storm approaches.

2. Do Not Perform Repairs Yourself
Similarly, even the most handy individuals should let water damage restoration experts rebuild their flood-ravaged homes. While you are waiting out the storm away from your property, call your insurance provider and remediation experts. If you do not have flood insurance, you may also want to ask the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a grant.

3. Do Not Touch the Water
Flood water is often filled with harmful bacteria. As you walk inside or outside your home after the storm, do not let your exposed skin touch the liquid. Otherwise, you could develop an infection. Standing water is particularly dangerous. It may be electrically charged due to nearby power lines. Avoid this water as much as possible. If you do need to walk through the water, wear knee-high rubber boots to limit electric shock.

4. Do Not Buy Replacement Furniture Immediately
You should only purchase new tables, chairs and desks after all the home repairs are complete. Keep in mind that the restoration could take a while depending on the extent of the damage.

5. Do Not Forget About Mold
This fungus frequently appears after floods. Have your home dried immediately and reduce humidity to limit mold growth.
Flood water can be dangerous for you and your loved ones. However, the above tips should help everyone stay safe if a rainstorm damages your home.

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