Heavy rainfall isn’t just confined to the winter months. In the UK there is no guarantee that we will get a dry summer; usually we will get a mix of weather which typically includes rain. Rainfall can be, and has been, just as heavy in the summer as it is in the winter which can lead to flooding. Flooding can be devastating for many and it leaves behind a lot of problems; both physical and emotional. For anyone that has experienced a flood, it can take a long time to recover; so, knowing the necessary advice for coping with the aftermath of a flood is important. We hope this article helps with the steps for coping after a flood and with preventing flooding in the future.
Not only does flooding damage homes, businesses and possessions but it can also have a lasting effect on people’s emotions. For this reason, it is important to take into account how you can cope with the aftermath of a flood in a number of different ways.
Coping with the emotional impact of a flood
If your business has been affected by flooding, there will likely be a lot of emotions running through the heads of you and your employees. Flooding can cause shock, hopelessness and frustration amongst other thoughts and feelings. Employees can often find themselves concerned about the future of their jobs, whereas employers could be left in a position where they are pondering the future of their business. It is important everyone works together to be open and honest in the aftermath of a flood, taking the time to reassure one another as to the necessary next steps.
In the immediate aftermath of a flood, the first step is to return to the premises. It is important you do so in daylight and make sure to stay clear of any electrical equipment, especially whilst stood in flood water. There are a few options when it comes to flood recovery, you can wait for the water to disperse or you can arrange for it to be pumped out; the latter is usually quicker. Once it is safe to do so, switch off all the electrics at the mains. It is important to do some of the admin work associated with flooding such as contacting the insurance company, suppliers and customers. You need to make sure everyone who needs to be aware is aware and then seek out alternative workspace if possible; this way some productivity can remain.
Flood water can be dangerous so it is important to seek help of professionals who can perform a cleaning service first. Make sure anyone helping with the clean up has the right protective equipment. Once cleaning is complete, the final step is to leave everything to dry out; this can take a while but is best done with the help of heating and power to prevent mould. Before you turn any electrics back on, make sure the premises have been inspected by the relevant teams and signed off as safe and ready to go.
Once the premises are dried out and safe to use, you can begin rebuilding your workspace and this is the perfect opportunity to introduce some protective measures such as ensuring electrics are placed higher and installing flood defences where possible. HSS can help in the aftermath of a flood, providing pumps for floodwater and puddle pumps. Contact us for more information.
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