The time after a natural disaster can be stressful and trying. You may have had to evacuate your home, possibly leaving it unguarded to the elements. After conditions settle, you'll want to get back and start the clean-up as soon as possible.
There are many risks associated with a natural disaster and its clean-up, so being well-prepared and informed is crucial to do so safely and efficiently. This is especially true in the case of flooding, which comes with a variety of unique problems to deal with.
Storms and floods can cause a tremendous amount of damage to the environments they pass through. Rising and receding flood waters, further adverse weather, and debris can all pose a serious risk to life. Never re-enter a storm damaged or flooded area until you have been instructed that it is safe to do so by the relevant authorities such as the Bureau of Meteorology. While waiting you should take the time to plan your clean-up operations and study health and safety information and advice.
When entering an area or property that has been exposed to, or damaged by storms and floods, you should be aware of the various risks and health hazards that may be present. Contaminated water, exposed electrical sources, mould, and hidden debris are just some of the health hazards you may experience. Always follow the help and advice on the best practices provided by officials to keep you and your family safe during clean-up operations. The Bureau of Meteorology has some information to get started here.
To clean and dry your property thoroughly you should utilise a number of pieces of equipment to make the process easier and safer. The precise equipment you require will depend on the extent of the damage and flooding, and how much the water has receded on its own. You should try to make clean-up plans as early as possible as rental supplies will likely be in high demand.
It's possible that electricity may not have been restored the property yet, or you have turned it off for safety reasons. A generator can help to supply power to aid in the clean-up operations and run essential appliances. When planning to use a generator, you should keep in mind that they need to be operated in a well-ventilated space. Generators also need to be designed for the loads they are going to handle so check your wattage requirements before hiring.
Without power, you will require lighting to work safely. Battery operating lighting provides bright, portable light to work by without requiring the use of mains power. Since there are no cables, it's easy to move around while you work through the property.