Floods Happen All the Time On Planet Earth – It Is Not Global Climate Warming Hope or Change

Is your family ready for the 100-year flood? Most of mine is but a good number of them live close to the beach and it’s hard to get out of our heads that footage of the Japanese Tsunami a few years ago. It turns out that of all the potential natural disasters, floods have killed more humans on planet earth than any other – that is if you consider tidal surges from Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons. Yes, let’s talk about all this because the National Flood Insurance Program is busy re-drawing the flood maps for our entire country.

Dark Government online news had an interesting article posted on September 15, 2013 titled; “500 Missing as Colorado Flood Continues to Rage,” which told of the disaster in the summer of 2013 there, the article noted, amongst other things:

“Heavy rains caused flash-flooding from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs; Residents are urged to leave now or risk being stranded for weeks with no water or power; National Weather Service says over 1 foot of rainfall since September 1, breaks 73-year-old record for month; Surging floodwaters in Boulder, evacuation of 4,000 and; Obama approved federal disaster assistance & National Guard dispatched.”

I nearly blew a fuse when I listened to a global warming alarmist and PR blog writer who said; “this is proof that humans are altering the weather on our planet, causing terrible natural disasters.” Well, I am sorry, but that is just horse-dung, let me explain why.

You see, that canyon is there for a reason, it was carved over millions of years by water flows just like this one, how arrogant for humans to think that it couldn’t happen again and build there, then deny to leave when all the warnings were out. Amazing these folks in a highly academic area with all their PhD population density average were so na├»ve. Now they will probably say it was global warming – no, it’s called “life on the surface of planet earth.”

Do you know what’s even more arrogant; to think that humans putting out more CO2, a trace gas in our atmosphere, can alter the planet’s weather so much as to cause things like Hurricane Sandy, this flood in Colorado, or even the beach erosion off the East Coast a couple of weeks later. The reality is we live on the surface of the planet, and all the terrain we have got there from storms, weather, and erosion over millions of years, along with Earthquakes and the occasional incoming asteroid – so, don’t worry about it – chill out. Please consider all this and think on it.

Flood Restoration Tips: What to Do After a Storm

For those who live in an area that could be affected by a storm, there is a risk of water damage to the home, especially if it is in a flood zone. Flood restoration can be overwhelming. The following is a guide to help homeowners through the process of cleaning up after a storm.

Make an Insurance Claim

One of the first things to do after safely returning home is to make a claim with the insurance company. They will want a general description of the damage to the property. The insurance company, depending on the level of destruction, should get back in touch within a few days.

Have an Insurance Adjuster Look at the Damage

After making a claim, make sure an adjuster visits the property to evaluate the issues. They will determine if the problems were caused by wind or water. This decision will greatly affect what the agency will cover. For example, if a homeowner does not have flood insurance as part of their policy and the problems were due to water invading the home, you may have to fight for your flood restoration damages to be covered. This is because the insurance company may try to say that the water in the home was a result of flooding rather than flood water.

Document All Damage

Before making any repairs, be sure to document all of the destruction that was done to the property. This includes the destruction of furniture, flooring, walls, ceilings, and so on. Also, if the water rose significantly, be sure to take note so things like the electrical system can be checked as well. Take photographs and video of any structural destruction as well as any contents that were affected.

Take Measures to Prevent Further Damage

Water damage can continue to cause problems as it sits. After making an insurance claim, it is important to make temporary repairs to the home to prevent additional issues. If the roof is compromised, cover the area with a tarp or some type of strong covering. Broken windows and doors should be covered with plywood. If it is too dangerous to make these temporary repairs, hire a service. Be sure to save the receipts for this work as to recoup the costs.

Keep the doors and undamaged windows open as often as possible to ventilate the air and allow the house to dry out. This is crucial in preventing mold growth.

Schedule Permanent Repairs

Once everything has been evaluated, the next step is to begin scheduling the repair work. If the area was heavily affected by a storm, it might be necessary to wait. Also, make sure to work with a reputable contractor. After a crisis like a storm, disingenuous contractors show up and try to take advantage of vulnerable storm victims. This often results in shoddy work that will need to be replaced.

Storm and flood restoration can be significant and overwhelming. Taking everything step-by-step will help ease the process. Be sure to keep in constant contact with the insurer and don’t make any permanent repairs until all evaluations have been completed.

Things To Do Before Hurricane Season Begins – How To Get Prepared For Flood Damage

Many people each year lose everything due to flood damage. It only takes a couple inches of water to cause thousands of dollars in damage. Flooding can happen anywhere, whether you live in a flood plain or not. Flooding can include heavy rains, storms or inadequate drain systems.

We encourage you to be proactive and find out how much flood insurance is in your area. Did you know a flood policy could be as low as $300 a year?

After getting flood insurance, there are several things you can do to minimize losses in your home and ensure your family’s safety.

1. Safeguard Your Possessions

Create a personal flood file containing information about all your possessions and keep it in a secure place, such as a safe deposit box or waterproof container. This file should have:

A copy of your insurance policies with your agents contact information. A household inventory: For insurance purposes, be sure to keep a written and visual record of all major household items and valuables, even those stored in basements, attics or garages. Create files that include serial numbers and store receipts for major appliances and electronics. Have jewelry and artwork appraised. These documents are critically important when filing insurance claims. Copies of all other critical documents, including finance records or receipts of major purchases.

2. Prepare Your House

First make sure your sump pump is working and then install a battery-operated backup, in case of a power failure. Installing a water alarm will also let you know if water is accumulating in your basement. Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.

Anchor any fuel tanks. Raise your electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12 inches above your home’s projected flood elevation.

Place the furnace, water heater, washer, and dryer on cement blocks at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation. Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.

3. Develop A Family Emergency Plan

Create a safety kit with drinking water, canned food, first aid, blankets, a radio, and a flashlight. Post emergency telephone numbers by the phone and teach your children how to dial 911. Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Know safe routes from home, work, and school that are on higher ground.