The first steps
While floods make immediate headlines, the real work comes after, when communities turn their attention to cleaning up. In many ways, the risks to people during the recovery may be greater than the flood itself. Take extreme care when reentering areas that were flooded.
One danger after any flood is the drive back to your facility. Never return to your facility until authorities give approval. Flowing water may have washed out parts of roads or weakened them.
Other flood recovery considerations include:
- Practice safe sanitation
- Get tetanus shots
- Keep the power off
- Don’t overload septic systems
- Supply your own water
- Retrieve your tanks
- Check for spills
- Pump out water safely, slowly