We may live in one of the wettest states in America (and love it), but how ready are we to deal with flood risks? Let’s be honest. Most of us like to think that a flood won’t happen to us unless we live on the beach or near a body of water. Most of us also like to think that we’ll be the winner of the next lottery draw, too. But we know how that the odds are not always working in our favor. At ESR, we are not pessimists. But we are realists in that we’ve seen the results of the odds of floods actually happening. Being a victim of flooding or water damage is much like a lottery. And, too many of us have been the winners of what we call the other lottery; the aftermath is hardly a prize. That’s where National Flood Safety Awareness Week can help steer the odds in our favor.
Did you know that March 18-22, 2013 is National Flood Safety Awareness Week? It is a week dedicated to understanding the risks of flooding, how it happens, who it happens to, and how to survive it. While it may not sound like the most festive way to celebrate your status as a Floridian, it can be one of the most valuable information resources on hand to inform and help protect you, your families, friends and property against flooding, water damage, and the after effects.
When it comes to flooding, there are many facts to think about. Some that may surprise you. Here is our top-four list of flood preparedness topics:
What causes floods? Heavy rains, flash floods, hurricanes and tropical storms, new development, dams and even post-fire conditions.
How do we determine flood risks? Like the lucky lottery winner we read about in the newspaper, a flood can happen to anyone. There are ways to evaluate that risk by understanding if you are in a high-risk, moderate-to low risk, or undetermined risk area.
What are the costs of flooding? Just a few inches of water in your property can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair or rebuild. And, that is just the monetary cost. Being unprepared can cost lives. Learn how to protect your life first and foremost!
What are the post-flood risks? There are a wide variety of risks to be aware of following a flood, both indoors and outdoors. Indoors, these risks can include: unsafe buildings and foundations, contaminated food and water, mold—a big one that’s often hard to prevent and detect, and many others. Outdoors, risks can include unsafe roads and bridges, downed power lines, moving flood waters, debris, and much more.
While these flood causes and risks might feel overwhelming, preparation is your first line of defense for the people and property in your lives. What’s more, you are not alone! FEMA and its Floodsmart program have developed a comprehensive online toolkit that places preparedness facts and plans at your fingertips (online).
And of course, ESR is always here for you, as we have been for Floridians over the past 25 years. We’ve seen our share of floods (from just about every kind of disaster you can imagine—and then some), and are equipped, experienced and well-prepared to help you and your property recover from post flood damage (from board up, cleaning and rebuilding, to mold removal, and everything in between).
Being the victim of flooding and water damage is probably the last lottery any one of us wants to win. But, in celebrating National Flood Safety Awareness Month, together we can help to reduce the odds—or severity—of suffering losses from a flood. We are just a phone call away.
And, if you do happen to pick the winning lottery numbers, feel free to call us then, too! J