Floods can happen anywhere it rains. So flood safety should be something you prepare for now - just in case. Even if your community hasn't experienced rising waters in the past, that's no guarantee disaster won't come calling in your neighborhood in the future and that you should ignore basic flood safety measures.
Rivers and streams commonly overflow their banks after a harsh storm or as a result of a levee breach. Floods can also occur when rainfall or snowmelt exceed the capacity of underground pipes, or of streets and drains designed to carry the water away from urban areas.
Flooding is one of the most common hazards to our family's safety and finances. These flood safety tips will help you to protect yourself, your family, and your finances before a weather event occurs.
An emergency survival kit should have enough supplies to last your family for at least three days. Basic supplies to include:
You'll also want to include any essential medications, an extra pair of eye glasses or contact lenses, diapers and formula if you have a baby, and pet supplies.
You should also consider including: a gas or battery-power lantern; a waterproof tarp to shelter your family if you must evacuate; life preservers for each family member; and plenty of drinking water. Store your emergency kit in a waterproof container. For a complete family supply list, visit Ready.gov.
If you live in a high risk area, be sure that major appliances, electric switch boxes, outlets, and heating equipment are well above potential flood levels.
Install floating drain plugs and sewer system back flow valves to help prevent a drain overflow.
Stack sacks of sand to absorb water along vulnerable entry points.
Yes, your finances. Cleaning up a water damaged home can set you back thousands of dollars. It simply makes sense to be prepared by having an insurance policy in place.
Know these four impending water hazard terms, and what to do when one of the following is issued to keep your family safe:
Flooding is possible. Tune in to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information.
Flash flooding is possible. Be prepared to move to higher ground; list to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio, or television for more information.
Waters are rising or will rise soon; if advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
A flash flood is occurring; seek higher ground on foot immediately.
If a warning is sounded, immediately log on to your favorite weather or news website, or turn on the radio or TV for emergency updates and details on evacuation routes. Grab your disaster kit, collect your valuables in large plastic bags, and get out of Dodge. Or where ever you're at.
Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for products and supplies to help keep your home and family safe in the event of a flood.