VANCOUVER, WA — With forecasters predicting a more severe and dramatic storm season in 2014, home and business owners should be prepared for any type of weather, according to a press release.

To help home and business owners recover from a flood, the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning, Restoration and Certification (IICRC) has prepared a quick-reference guide for flood cleanup tips, the release stated.

“When it comes to storms, education is essential. We want to make sure homeowners and business owners have access to these materials so they are able to act quickly and correctly when the time comes,” said IICRC Chairman Tony Wheelwright.

According to the release, IICRC offers the following tips:

  • Before the storm. If a storm in your area is imminent and you are at a high risk for flooding, make sure you are prepared.
  • Consider safety. Prior to entering any storm or flood-damaged building, be wary of structural integrity and other safety hazards such as falling debris or shock hazards.
  • Work quickly. Even though it can take mold a few days to appear, anything that can be done to control or minimize its speed of growth is vital.
  • Clean and disinfect everything. The first step in the cleanup process is to remove and dispose of all, wet porous components such as mattresses, pillows, molding, insulation and portions of damaged walls.

“Severe flooding is one of the most devastating natural disasters for a home or business owner because of the level of destruction it creates. Not only does it destroy your property, but it has the ability to bring contaminants into your home, making it unsafe and unlivable until properly inspected and cleaned,” Wheelwright added.

Click here to read the release in its entirety.