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Recovery Checklist NDSU ExtensionFlood Recovery Checklist – Homeowners/Renters/Business
NDSU Extension offers brief instructions on first things first, general cleanup, cleaning household items, dealing with stress, making sure water is safe, recovering gardens and landscapes, and much more.

How to Clean a Flooded Home
NDSU Extension Engineer Ken Hellevang shares information on how to clean a flooded home. You can download the presentation in PDF or view it with narration in five (5) sections on YouTube.

FEMA Recovering from Disaster bookletRecovering from Disaster
FEMA offers a good overview on steps to take after disaster strikes in order to begin getting your home, your community, and your life back to normal.

Repair Flooded Home Red Cross BookletRepairing Your Flooded Home
This book by the Red Cross gives step-by-step advice you can use to clean up, rebuild, and get help after a flood.

EPS Flood Cleanup and Air bookletFlood Clean-up and the Air in Your Home
Storybook style booklet from the Environmental Protection Agency that explains how to clean up after a flood and how to prevent indoor air problems. A nice resource to help children better understand post-flood clean-up.

Document Restoration – Saving Family Treasures Guidelines
Multiple resources from the National Archives for the care of the more common materials to be affected by a natural disaster.

Information on Cleaning
There are a variety of resources on cleaning your personal property and homes.



Household Items

Septic & Well Systems


Repair and improvement scams are common after a disaster occurs. Unlicensed and unqualified out-of-state contractors can take advantage of a homeowner who just wanted to get their life back on track. Protect yourself when choosing and working with contractors by using these few easy resources.

Check if a contractor is licensed to do business in North Dakota.
ND Secretary of State Contractor Inquiry

Information about Contractors


  • All contracts between with a contractor should be in writing.
  • No contract should be signed before the damage is adjusted by your insurance company or public adjustor. Consumers should consider getting a second estimate if the contractor’s estimate for repairs seems excessive and is inconsistent with the adjustor’s.
  • Be wary of any contractor who requires full payment for the repairs in advance.