Online resources offer help for flooded basements, crawl spaces
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Homeowners facing flooded basements and crawl spaces can turn to Purdue University Extension online resources for information as they begin cleanup.
The recovery page of Purdue's Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) state website contains nearly 50 downloadable publications and audio programs on mold prevention and removal, and building repair, as well as resources on personal and family safety, financial issues, food and caring for pets. The Web page is located at http://www.ag.purdue.edu/extension/eden/Pages/recovery.aspx
Another EDEN/Purdue Extension publication, "First Steps to Flood Recovery," addresses such issues as helping people with disabilities, re-entering buildings, drinking water, salvaging furniture and contacting insurance companies. The publication can be read by logging onto http://www.extension.purdue.edu/floodpub/ and then clicking on any of the colored subject matter tabs.
Some people rushing to repair their property don't take adequate safety measures or advantage of help that is available to them, said Steve Cain, EDEN Homeland Security Project director at Purdue.
"If your home has flood or storm damage, try to eat right, get rest, and seek help," Cain said. "Contact local authorities for information on returning to a flooded home and possible help that may be offered.
"Document as much as possible any lost property and your costs due to the flood. Even receipts for meals purchased if you can't return to your home may be considered for insurance or flood aid assistance if it becomes available."
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