Kentucky REALTORS® Relief Foundation
Western Kentucky Flooding Relief (July 2023)
- Flood Recovery
- Tips for Safely Using Pumps When Cleaning Up
Courtesy of OPEI: If you have experienced flooding, you know that a water pump is an important part of the clean-up process, helping move gallons of water quickly and efficiently to dry out flooded basements and assist contractors on job sites.“These pumps are powerful and can speed up a cleanup job after a flood,” said Kris Kiser, President and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing power equipment, small engine, utility vehicle, golf car and personal transport vehicle manufacturers and suppliers.” With summer storm season upon us, OPEI offers these safety reminders.Get the right pump for the job. It’s important to use the right pump for the water and debris that you are trying to clear. There are four basic types of pumps: A dewatering pump sucks in water through an inlet valve and ejects it from a discharge valve. They have an inlet size ranging in size from 1 to 4 inches. A 4-inch dewatering pump will finish a job 4 times faster than a 1-inch pump. A semi-trash pump is used to pump clear or slightly muddy and sandy water. You will want to use a hose with a strainer so the hose doesn’t get clogged with items too big to pass through. A trash pump is made to handle debris and solids, such as leaves, pebbles and twigs. These pumps have larger impellers and leave debris intact. Use a hose with a strainer for a trash pump, so items that are too large don’t enter. Diaphragm pumps are most commonly used to pump sludge and extremely abrasive liquids. The pump has a diaphragm which is pushed up and down, creating a vacuum effect that draws in water.Maintain a pump with inspections and proper fueling. Regular inspection and maintenance will make your pump last longer. Always fuel any gasoline-powered pump with E10 or less. It is illegal to use gasoline with more than 10 percent ethanol in a small engine like your pump, and higher ethanol blended fuels may damage or destroy small engine equipment. For more information on safe fueling, go to LookBeforeYouPump.com.Store your pump safely. Remember to flush the pump case with clean fresh water, then completely drain to prevent damage from freezing. Cover the intake and discharge ports to prevent the entry of debris during storage.Know how to operate the pump. Review the manual and manufacturer’s directions, following them carefully.Follow safety procedures. Make sure all safety guards and shields are in place while operating your water pump. Never use a pump in a flammable or explosive environment. Never pump substances that your pump isn’t designed to cope with. Acids, corrosive substances and flammable materials should not be pumped with an ordinary water pump. If in doubt, refrain from pumping.Don’t run gasoline-fueled engine indoors. If you must use the pump indoors, ventilate the area to the outside and seal it off from the rest of the building. Never leave any pump in a confined space where heat can build up. Keep the pump at least 3 feet away from walls and other obstructions so it can ventilate. If a pump becomes overheated, switch it off and allow it to return to a safe temperature before using again.About OPEI
OPEI is an international trade association representing manufacturers and suppliers of outdoor power equipment, small engines, battery power systems, portable generators, utility and personal transport vehicles, and golf cars. OPEI is the advocacy voice of the industry, and a recognized Standards Development Organization for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and active internationally through the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in the development of safety and performance standards. OPEI owns Equip Exposition, the international landscape, outdoor living, and equipment exposition, and administers the TurfMutt Foundation, which directs the environmental education program, TurfMutt. OPEI-Canada represents members on a host of issues, including recycling, emissions and other regulatory developments across the Canadian provinces.
- Visit the Bowling Green Chamber’s Tornado Recovery Resources page
- Visit the Murray Chamber’s Western Kentucky Tornado Resources page
- Find out what resources are available during the state of emergency, visit governor.ky.gov/tornadoresources
- Learn how the IRS has extended the 2021 tax-filing deadline and other deadlines to May 16
- Read the U.S. Chamber Foundation Small Business Recovery Guide
- Download the U.S. Chamber Foundation Local Chamber Recovery Guide
The National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) Relief Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky REALTORS® Relief Foundation are providing $100,000 in relief funding to help those whose homes were impacted by the flooding in Western Kentucky.
Flood relief funds can be applied toward assistance with mortgage payments, rental payments, and lodging assistance. Relief assistance is limited to one month of housing expenses up to a maximum of $1,000 per household. Those interested in disaster relief funds must apply here.
Applications are now open and are due by Saturday, September 30th.
The Kentucky REALTORS® Relief Foundation is accepting donations to help those Kentuckians affected by natural disasters and other hardships. Any individual or organization wishing to contribute should send a check payable to Kentucky REALTOR® Relief Foundation to KYR at 2708 Old Rosebud Road, Lexington, KY 40509, or by clicking the link below. Call 859-263-7377 with any questions you may have.
Donations to the Kentucky REALTORS® Relief Foundation are made directly to those affected by natural disasters in Kentucky.
Eastern Kentucky Flooding Relief (July 2022)
Kentucky State Police Post 13 – If you are looking for someone who is missing in Breathitt, Knott, Letcher or Perry counties, please call KSP Post 13 at 606-435-6069. Per Governor Beshear, DO NOT call 911 to report missing persons, and keep calling the KSP line as KSP is experiencing many calls at this time.
American Red Cross Eastern Kentucky Chapter – A flood response shelter has been opened in Hazard, the office can be reached at 606-629-3344
Western KY Tornado Relief (Dec. 2021)
Kentucky REALTORS® is proud to have facilitated a $1.5 million dollar grant with the REALTORS® Relief Foundation at the National Association of REALTORS®. This Disaster Relief Assistance aided hundreds of families in Kentucky that were affected by the storms/tornadoes in December 2021.
Any inquiries may be addressed to Kentucky REALTORS® at 859-263-7377 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Help Individual Communities
Important Resources for Those Impacted