Coastal Storms Pose Flood Dangers
Living in a flood-prone area such as the Jersey Shore, being prepared is the best thing you can do for yourself in case of the inevitable storm surge. As destructive as flooding can be, with some forethought, planning and the right information, you can endure rising waters.
Obtain Flood Insurance - most of the area we live in is considered a flood plain.
Elevate Your Property - some shore towns are now requiring it, so make sure you know what you need to do.
Waterproofing - it is not too difficult to have a company come and waterproof your basement - especially if groundwater is a constant problem.
You also maintain your sump pump system and keep it operational. It may also be in your best interest to have a battery-operated sump pump if you lack a system or there is a power failure.
Reduce Potential Debris In anticipation of the flood and evacuation, move furniture and loose items to a higher floor to minimize debris.
If you decide to stay in the home during a storm with potential flooding, there a re a few things to keep in mind.
- keep at least 3-days of food and water. Any food you keep should be non-perishable, such as canned and dry goods (e.g., soups, cereals, protein bars);
- If you have access to a refrigerator, be sparing in its use to help keep the cold circulating. If the temperature rises above 40°F, bacteria will thrive—rendering any refrigerated food inedible;
- Any food that has been left at room temperature for over two hours or has had contact with contaminated flood water should be discarded.
- Keep a fresh supply of bottled water. If you need to use containers, use food-grade water storage containers. Avoid carbonated, caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as they will dehydrate you;
- If you run out or need to treat possibly contaminated water, boil it, chlorinate it, or use distillation methods before use.
Once the flood waters subside, you know you can count on SERVPRO of Eatontown/Long Branch to assist with the cleanup and speed up the return to normalcy.