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Flood Safety Preparedness

After two historic weather events that produced major flooding in South Carolina, our community has had a painful reminder of the dangers that accompany flood waters. Not only can flooding damage property such as your vehicles and home, it can also cause fatalities due to drownings, electrocucions, debris, and other flood related hazards. In the event that you experience another significant flood, here are some valuable recommendations to help keep you and your loved ones safe during the event.

General Flood Safety:

  • “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” - Avoid driving through deep waters as your vehicle could be forced off the road or fill with water. As little as 1 foot of water can carry away a vehicle.

  • Walk around elevated water when possible. It only takes 6 inches of water to knock over an adult.

  • Relocate to higher ground immediately if a warning is issued for flash flooding.  Flash flooding is the primary cause of deaths in America due to weather.

  • If your vehicle becomes surrounded by stationary water, leave the vehicle and move to higher ground. If the water is moving, do not exit the vehicle to prevent being carried away by the current.

  • Refrain from parking vehicles or setting up camps near waterways like rivers, streams, and creeks when there is excessive rain, as they can flood with minimal warning.

Flood Preparedness Tips:

  • Listen for emergency broadcast instructions on your television or radio.

  • Have a plan for where to go if you have to move to higher ground fast without transportation.

  • Put together an emergency supplies kit, complete with first aid, a flashlight, batteries, bottled water, and cash.

  • Store outdoor furniture inside, and move your most valuable items to the highest floor to prevent damage should your home become flooded.

  • Unplug electrical devices and appliances. Avoid making physical contact with equipment if you are wet or standing in water to avoid electrocution.

  • Turn off your home’s electricity and gas at the main switch if directed by officials to avoid potential fires and explosions.

Following the Flood:

  • Wait for clearance from officials before returning to your home.

  • Be careful to avoid downed power lines, debris, and possible damage to roadways caused by erosion from flood waters.

  • Take pictures of damaged property to include in your insurance claims.

  • Contact flood remediation experts such as ServiceMaster of Florence and ServiceMaster of Columbia to address issues like mold and structural damage.

When it comes to flooding, it is better to be safe than sorry.  Always have a plan and be ready to move your family to a safer location if instructed.  

If you experience flood damage in your home, call the professionals at ServiceMaster located in Florence and Columbia. We have the training and equipment to eliminate mold and moisture, as well as repair structural issues to restore your home.  Contact ServiceMaster today to learn more.


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