The Federal Emergency Management Agency put out a Fact Sheet on August 19, 2016, outlining some things all residents of Louisiana affected by the recent flooding should keep in mind.
In addition to information about how to file a claim, the Fact Sheet has some really good advice for those already starting to gut their flood damaged homes.
Here are FEMA’s recommendations:
Start Cleaning Up Now
- Mold may be a serious health risk so don’t wait for a visit from FEMA or your insurance company before you start cleaning up. FEMA inspectors and insurance claims adjusters will still be able to verify flood damage.
- Because mold may be a serious health risk, it’s important to remove flood- damaged valuables from your home. Take lots of pictures before your insurance adjuster visits.
- Be sure to consult with your local officials for instructions before setting out debris. If you don’t have local emergency management contact information, it can be found online at gohsep.la.gov/about/parishpa.
- Place debris curbside. Debris cannot be collected on private property.
- Do not prop up debris against trees and utility poles or place in the vicinity of fire hydrants and utility boxes. That makes it more difficult for cleanup crews to collect.
- Debris should be separated into the following six categories:
- Household garbage such as discarded food, packaging and papers. o Construction debris such as building materials, carpeting, furniture and mattresses.
- Vegetation debris such as tree branches and leaves.
- Household hazardous waste such as batteries, paints and cleaning supplies.
- White goods such as refrigerators, washers/dryers, water heaters and air conditioners.
- Electronics such as televisions, stereo equipment and computers.
- Go online to this link to see a graphic that explains how to sort debris: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/images/110554
- Other tips to speed up debris collection include:
- Try to combine debris piles with your neighbors.
- Secure refrigerator and freezer doors with duct tape.
- Limit curbside household garbage to two 32-gallon containers or eight trash bags.
- Get more and tips on flood clean up, repairing, and rebuilding at www.fema.gov/Louisiana-disaster-mitigation.