There is no warning as to where and when tragedy will strike most of the time, and when it happens those afflicted by it are left in an almost impossible situation. In the case of a flood there is nothing to do except wait for it to finish and contact water extraction services to help you pick up the pieces.
These companies understand the heart break of the scenario, and their main goal is to help you get back off the ground. For this reason they offer a variety of services for you and your affiliations whether they are damaged or still intact. They will first remove your possessions, take full inventory, and have them cleaned and disinfected before storing them in a dryer location. They will then perform an "emergency water extraction" which will remove the water from your home, and immediately after beginning repairing the water damage, and any other type of natural disaster such as fire.
Most importantly though they will help to remove some of the massive burden and allow you and your family to focus on one another and not on their lost articles. They do all this by being available twenty four hours, seven days a week, and by relocating you and speaking to the insurance company, because who talking can make the difference between thousands versus versus hundreds out of your own pocket. Water extraction specifically, and all other emergency services have the home owner's interest at hear, and can be trusted to do a complete and thorough job every time and be available any time.