9 Steps for Flood Recovery and useful links

    Rains are slowing down in Chennai and the surrounding areas, the National Disaster Response Force 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, 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 Flood proof
    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.

    Here are some useful links Chennairains.org has put in.
    1. Area Updates
    2. Aids Available
    3. Aids Needed
    4. Useful Contacts