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Storm damage mitigation tips

5/15/2019 (Permalink)

Mitigation Tips: (Perform only when structure has been cleared as safe.)

Mitigation Tips: (Perform only when structure has been cleared as safe.)

  • Take the greatest caution while entering your home, and wear sturdy shoes and protective clothing when dealing with flooded areas. Wear protective clothing at all times.

  • Take photos or video to record conditions of collections and structure. Make sure images clearly record damage.

  • Remove as much excess water as possible by mopping and blotting.

  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removing lamps and tabletop items.

  • Remove and prop up wet upholstery cushions for even drying.

  • Place aluminum foil or wood blocks between furniture legs and wet carpeting.

  • Remove any paintings, art objects, documents and other sensitive materials to a safe, dry place.

  • Place fans at 45-degree angles to walls and move large furniture away from walls to create the best air circulation.

  • Appoint a media liaison to report conditions and need for help/volunteers. You may have to limit access to collections.

  • Do not enter rooms with standing water where electrical shock hazards may exist.
    Do not attempt to operate any electrical equipment while standing in wet or damp locations.

  • Do not leave books, newspapers, magazines or other colored items on wet carpets or floors to cause staining.

  • Do not leave Oriental rugs or other colored rugs on wet wall-to-wall carpets to cause staining.

  • Do not use TVs or other appliances while standing on wet carpets or floors, especially not on wet concrete floors.

  • Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet or enter rooms where ceilings are sagging from retained water.

  • Do not turn on heat unless required for human comfort.

  • Do not move objects or collections without documenting their condition.

  • Throw away all foods – even canned goods – that have come into contact with flood waters.

  • If your home has a crawlspace, be aware excess moisture in this area can often foster mold growth.

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