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What to do After a Flood: A To-do List and Quick Tips

by Lou-Ann Jordan Nov 30, 2022

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Experiencing a flood can be devastating. Its effects are damaging not only to physical property but also to the emotional and psychological well-being of the victims.

In the aftermath, it is normal to be beset with a range of emotions. Sadness, frustration, anger, hopelessness and anxiety are just a few of these feelings that may arise.

The resulting work to be done; hours to be spent cleaning and the possible financial challenges that may ensue can easily prompt disorientation, distress or even apathy.

In light of recent events, Yello has created a to-do list and provided a few personal protection tips that we hope will diminish your stress and keep you safe and healthy.

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Quick to-do list

  • Make a list of all damaged items.
  • Be careful not to discard items of value (items may be needed for insurance purposes).
  • If you rent, contact your landlord to see if your apartment has insurance coverage.
  • Homeowners should also contact their insurance providers.
  • Secure documents. Place them in a plastic bag and store them in the freezer if you have electricity.

Do remember that flood waters may contain contaminants that can affect your health. It is important that you protect yourself as you go about cleaning your home. Here are a few tips for personal protection:

Personal protection tips

  • Use water-proof boots as some areas in and around your home may still have water.
  • Wear rubber gloves for cleaning or discarding damaged items.
  • Don’t use your hands to discard debris or other damaged items, especially if they are submerged. Instead, a shovel is a useful tool for moving debris.
  • Wear a face mask when cleaning to avoid dust. Areas easily become dusty once the mud dries.
  • Be sure to keep first aid supplies handy in case there are any accidents.

And above all, remember to be safe.

Source: Alberta Water Portal Society