Is your family ready for the unexpected? We have compiled a list of helpful tools to help you be prepared. Use the checklists, information sheets and links to determine the course of action that is best for your family.
**Useful Tips if You Have Water in Your Basement**:
o Depending on the scope of the loss, and other monetary factors, decide on how to mitigate the damage.
o Calling an emergency services company, such as SERVPRO® is very effective, yet costly. If SERVPRO is needed they can be reached at 1-800-737-8776. Other Restoration Companies include SmokeClean (410-274-4444), CleanCare (401-736-5426), and PuroClean (1-866-787-6474).
o If you can handle some of the work yourselves, here a just a few useful tips:
§ Don't work alone, if possible
§ Move valuables to a dry side or dry elevation
§ Extract all the water by any means — mopping, sump pump, portable sump pump, wet vacuum, or wet shop vacuum
§ Pump the water far from the foundation with a long hose.
§ Remove all saturated and damaged personal property (may need to preserve or photograph if insurance is available, or to record for tax purposes)
§ Pull up carpeting/rugs for cleaning or removal.
§ Remove and dispose of wet carpet padding. (Padding acts like a sponge and does not respond well to cleaning efforts).
§ Use fan to move air out and away from the basement — open windows after the rain stops
§ Turn on air conditioning, if available, to remove moisture from air.
§ Turn on a dehumidifier, if available, to remove moisture from air and to encourage further dry down.
§ When cleaning up afterwards, use rubber gloves and mild bleach solution to kill germs and reduce the instance of mildew and mold growth.
Information Sheets (All PDF Files)
- Backyard Safety
- Basic First Aid Tips
- Bicycle Safety
- Burglary Prevention Tips
- Childproofing Your Home
- Emergency Preparation
- Identity Theft
- Home Fire Prevention
- Top 5 Ways to Save Money on Auto Insurance
Checklists and Forms (All PDF Files)
Our checklists below are designed to help your family prepare for a variety of events. These are intended to give you a direction and an idea of where to start. Use what is best for your family and fits your specific needs.