So what can you do? We have some suggestions.
Planning for Weather/Natural Disasters Issues
Pay attention to weather forecasts. If you expect severe weather or just want to be prepared for an earthquake, you can consult the following guides. Be aware that we are covering all of the bases, in other words, anything listed below can lead to water issues.
Thunderstorms and lightning
Don’t think that disaster preparation is a waste of time -- even The New York Times photo archives takes impending weather disasters seriously.
Planning for Home/Business Infrastructure Failures
After consulting the guides above, you will notice that they basically cover one important point, which is keep your house/business safe by maintaining it. That is one of the best ways to avoid major home disasters.
Place all of your most important items (hard drives, other digital storage, and important physical items) a few inches off the floor. Go even further and put them in an area that is easy to get to in case your place does flood. If you are storing these items in boxes, then put some reflective tape on the box or on the shelf. This way you can quickly find it with a flashlight. You don’t want to wade through water while your electricity is on.
If you go out of town, make sure someone else is keeping an eye on your place. If your toilet becomes a water volcano, your trusty friend or business associate can shut the water off. By marking your boxes or shelving, your best bud can also easily find your most important stuff and save it.
Finally, get some insurance. If you’re home/business is covered, then your insurance should pay for professional services that can dry and clean damaged items.
We wish we could promise that if you follow all of the steps above, then everything will always be OK. Well, it won’t. That’s why next week, we’ll go over how to recover from a water disaster.