Lowering the effects of possible flooding
There are ways to minimize the effects of possible flooding. (Photo Credits)
Flooding cannot be entirely prevented given the many changes in the climate and the environment. It would still be best though to protect one’s property from unnecessary flood risks. Being informed of the possible flooding scenarios in the community, plus flooding preparations initiated by the community is important to at least reduce the negative impact of flooding on one’s commercial or residential property.
The United States’ Federal Emergency Management Agency or FEMA shared steps homeowners can take to mitigate flood damage in their respective homes. Check over here
“he first thing you can do is know your risk, and we have information on risk, including a One-Step Flood Risk Profile. Next, you should create an emergency communications plan and build an emergency kit to ensure you and your family are prepared for a flood. As part of having a plan, we also encourage you to consider your coverage. A flood insurance policy can protect your home, property, or business from the financial damages of flooding.”
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The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety also published in its website a guide to reducing flood risks in residential properties. Apart from knowing and assessing the current flood risks in the area, the Institute also encouraged the public to undertake preventative measures to lower the impact of flooding.
“Raise Electrical System Components—Hire a licensed electrician to raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12 inches above the base flood elevation (BFE) for your area. You can find out your property’s BFE by contacting your local building department. Raising electrical system components above the anticipated flood level will help prevent damage to the electrical system and avoid the potential for fire from short circuits in flooded systems.”
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The National Resources Defense Council or NRDC also came up with its own guide to reduce flood risk on homes and commercial establishments.
Apart from guiding citizens into what they should do to lower the impact of flooding to their respective properties, they also informed the public about what can be done if in case their property gets flooded all the time.
“If you can move preemptively, you could save tens of thousands of dollars in repair costs and avoid the trauma of repeated flooding and rebuilding. If your home is vulnerable to flooding, check with your regional FEMA office to see if you’re eligible for a buyout program for “repetitive loss properties.” In some cases, the government will even buy a house for its pre-disaster market value. This helps move people out of harm’s way, reduces the drain on flood management resources, and prevents a new house from being built on that site in the future (the land is usually returned to a natural state).”
The whole article can be found here.
While flooding occurrence can never be controlled, there is still something that homeowners can do to mitigate possible damages. It is up to them if they will take the opportunity to do so.