Rains areÂ slowing down in Chennai and the surrounding areas, the National Disaster Response ForceÂ is on with the relief work and recovering it faster.
Here are some list of steps to follow during recovery –
Step 1. Take Care of Yourself First
Protect yourself and your family from stress, fatigue, andÂ 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 contentsÂ from further damage.
Step 3. Get Organized
Some things are not worth repairing and some things may be tooÂ complicated or expensive for you to do by yourself. A recovery planÂ can take these things into account and help you make the most of yourÂ time and money.
Step 4. Dry Out Your Home
Floodwaters damage materials, leave mud, silt and unknownÂ contaminants, and promote the growth of mildew. You need toÂ 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,Â electricity, clean water, and sewage disposal.
Step 6. Clean Up
The walls, floors, closets, shelves, contents and any other floodedÂ parts of your home should be thoroughly washed and disinfected.
Step 7. Check on Financial Assistance
Voluntary agencies, businesses, insurance, and governmentÂ disaster programs can help you through recovery.
Step 8. Rebuild and Flood proof
Take your time to rebuild correctly and make improvementsÂ 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.