Updated Flood Repair Strategies

Updated Flood Repair Strategies

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 02, 2012
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We've gathered some resources on flood repair strategies along with additional resources in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Check them out!

Repairing Your Flooded Home by FEMA and American Red Cross, is a comprehensive guide that includes some great graphics.

Here's an excerpt:

Step 1: Take Care of Yourself First
Protect yourself and your family from stress, fatigue, and health hazards that follow a flood
Step 2: Give Your Home First Aid
Once it is safe to go back in , protect your home and contents from further damage
Step 3: Get Organized
Some things are not worth repairing and some things may be too complicated or expensive for you to do by yourself. A recovery plan can take these things into account and help you make the most of your time and money
Step 4: Dry Out Your Home
Floodwaters damage materials, leave mud, silt and unknown contaminants, and promote the growth of mildew. You need to dry your home to reduce these hazards and the damage they cause
Step 5: Restore the Utilities
The rest of your work will be much easier if you have heat ,electricity, clean water, and sewage disposal
Step 6: Clean Up
The walls, floors, closets, shelves, contents and any other flooded parts of your home should be thoroughly washed and disinfected
Step 7: Check on Financial Assistance
Voluntary agencies, businesses, insurance, and government disaster programs can help you through recovery
Step 8: Rebuild and Floodproof
Take your time to rebuild correctly and make improvements that will protect your building from damage by the next flood
Step 9: Prepare for the Next Flood
Protect yourself from the next flood with flood insurance, a flood response plan, and community flood protection programs. This step also includes sources to go to for additional assistance.

More resources:

Returning Home After a Hurricane or Flood by American Red Cross

What to Do in the First 24 Hours After a Flood by houselogic

Affected individuals & businesses in eligible counties in Connecticut, New Jersey, & New York can apply for disaster assistance here.

Ready FEMA Flood

Ready FEMA Hurricanes

Hurricane Safety Check List by American Red Cross

Flood Safety Check List by American Red Cross


UPDATE: November 2

Mold and Mildew - http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=3049&fromSearch=fromsearch

Utility Shutoff - http://www.family-survival-planning.com/how-to-shut-off-utilities.html

Should I register for Relief? - http://www.fema.gov/you-apply
Call (800) 621-3362

Register for assistance - http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

Shelter Search - Search for open shelters by texting SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA). Ex: Shelter 01234 (standard rates apply)

Coping with Disaster - http://www.fema.gov/coping-disaster