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.
These 5 flood safety tips will help you to protect yourself, your family, and your finances before the waters begin to rise.
Store supplies so you can grab them quickly if you need to evacuate; know in advance what else you will need to take. Take time now to make a list of the things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly.
Store the basic emergency supplies in a "Go Bag" or other container. Be ready to grab other essential items quickly before leaving. Remember to include specialized items for people with disabilities and other with access and functional needs such as older adults and children.
An emergency survival kit should have enough supplies to last your family for at least three days. Basic supplies to include:
Take steps to protect your property from flood damage:
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.To determine the financial impact it could have on your family, check out The Cost of Flooding tool at FloodSmart.gov.
Here are a few things to know about flood insurance:
Watches, warnings, and evacuation notices are science-based predictions that are intended to provide adequate time for evacuation. Those who wait for actual confirmation of catastrophic levels may be trapped by flooding or traffic.
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. You should leave or be prepared to move to higher ground immediately upon short notice. 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.