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Before, During and After A Flood

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A Guide to Flood Preparation and Safety

Floods are the #1 Natural Disaster in the USA!  

Do you know what to do when disaster strikes you? 

Before a Flood 

  • Register for early warning notices by signing up with the city’s Code Red
  • Buy Flood Insurance (coverage is not effective the first 30 days)
    • If you have insurance review your policy to ensure proper coverage
    • Keep policy and agent’s contact info on hand
  • Know your Flood Zone and Evacuation Level
  • Know your evacuation routeFlood, Floods, Flooding, CRS, FEMA, NFIP
  • Know the difference between a watch and warning
  • Have an emergency plan for your family, pets and business
  • Have an emergency kit ready
  • Inventory and photograph your home and contents and save receipts for expensive items to prove cost, store it with your insurance policy
  • Keep all original important documents in a safe place like a safe deposit box
  • Keep drainage areas clean of debris
  • Fill sand/mulch bags to protect low lying entrances to your house 
  • Elevate important utilities like air handlers, electrical boxes, and water heaters (permit required).
  • Boaters - Please make sure your vessels are secured to boat lift / docks. Remember to turn off power to lifts, and make sure no power lines are in the water

During a Flood

  • Tune in to local TV and radio channels.
  • Do not walk or drive through flowing flood waterTurn Around Don't Drown
  • Don’t let kids play in the ditch with moving water!
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires
  • Animals may seek shelter in your home and aggressively defend themselves
  • Conserve water by minimizing toilet flushing and laundry
  • Be especially cautious after dark when it is harder to see danger.

After a Flood

  • Do not enter a flooded building until it has been cleared for re-entry by an inspector.
  •  After the building has been inspected; contact adjustor to verify what is needed (pictures, etc.) and remove wet contents as soon as possible.  
  • Dry out the building with air conditioners and dehumidifiers to prevent mold
  • Throw out any food that has came in contact with flood waters or has been thawed due to power outages. 
  • Boil water before use. Test your well. If in doubt, call a public health official
  • Use flashlights instead of fire 
  • Photograph and list damaged/lost items with age and value for the adjuster
  • Report broken utility and electrical systems to the appropriate authorities
  • Plan before you repair (Get building permits, hire licensed contractor)

 Watch WHEN CLOUDS FORM VIDEO on You Tube: How Prepared are You for a Flood?   

Disasters can strike at any time, but they are less scary when you have a plan and everyone in your household knows the plan.

So Get a Plan and always Be Prepared!