How to Survive a Flood: Flood Safety Tips

31 July 2018
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Sudden heavy rainfall can lead to flooding in your home or business. In extreme cases, there can also be risk to your life and safety. In addition to drowning, exposure to pollutants in the flood water can pose health hazards. It may become toxic with sewage, chemicals and bacteria. There is an increased risk of contracting water-borne illnesses like cholera, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and malaria from standing flood water.

Preparation is key to surviving a flood. Here are some important steps you can take to increase your odds of surviving and thriving after a flood in your area:

Medical and First Aid

Prepare a first aid kit that contains basic medical equipment and medications that you might need if you are displaced from your home. Keep it on an accessible upper floor or cabinet to protect it from getting contaminated by flood waters. Include mosquito repellant in this kit, as mosquitos thrive in wet conditions and are the biggest carriers of malaria.

Clean and Disinfect

Keep as clean as you can in flood conditions. Avoid touching contaminated water and items and disinfect your hands immediately if you make contact with it.

Confirm Water is Safe Before Drinking

Your water supply can become compromised in flood conditions. Stick with sealed bottled water whenever possible, or only drink municipal water that has been tested and confirmed as safe to consume.

Discard All Contaminated Items

From food and medicine to carpet and furniture, it is always safest to discard items that have been exposed to flood water. If it is a hard-surfaced item that can be thoroughly disinfected, you might be able to salvage it. Anything porous, absorbent or edible should be discarded.

Update Your Flood Insurance

Another key step for flood preparedness is making sure you have adequate flood insurance. Most homeowner policies do not include it, so you’ll have to seek it out on your own. Consider Inszone Insurance for flood protection. We’re an all-in-one insurance agency working with the best carriers to help you connect with the right flood insurance coverage for your needs and situation.

Leo Simental - Inszone Insurance Personal Lines Staff Development Lead

Leo Simental

Personal Lines Staff Development Lead

Leonel Simental is a Personal Lines Staff Development Lead at Inszone Insurance Services. As he entered the industry in 2011, Leo knew that insurance expertise was critical in delivering a high level of service to his clients. He worked diligently to master the concepts and afterwards found he was able to bring a unique value to each interaction by utilizing that knowledge to provide solutions to even the most complex scenarios. Leo quickly grew his customer base and to this day continues to impress with his knowledge, consistency and care for each and every one of his clients.

With Inszone since 2015, Leo has won multiple awards and has been integral in the growth of the Personal Lines Division. If you’re looking to improve your insurance situation for home, auto or other personal policies, Leo is the first and only call you will need to make.

Outside of the office, Leonel enjoys spending quality time with his wonderful family, hiking and staying active.

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