One of the country’s most common natural disasters is a flood since it can happen anywhere. The greatest threat to flooding is in low-lying areas, near water, downstream from dams. Flooding can even be caused by the smallest stream, creek beds, or drains. Extended periods of rain or heavy rain can cause the possibility of flooding. A flash flood can develop from a few minutes to a few hours. It is important to listen to your local weather report for flooding information. Here are a few recommendations for before, during, and after flooding.
- It is recommended to have flood insurance if you are in a prone flooding area. Please be advised this might be an additional policy to your homeowner policy.
- Furnace, water heater, or electrical panel should not be in an area in your home that can be flooded. It is recommended to raise any of these items if possible.
- It is recommended if you have a basement that is sealed with a waterproof compound.
- In case of a flash flood be prepared to evacuate if it is advised.
- Have an emergency supply kit ready that includes water.
- Seek higher ground immediately.
- Stay out of the flood water if you are able.
- Avoid any moving water.
- Although it is not recommended to walk through the water if you must, make sure us a stick for firmness.
- Do not drive into a flooded area.
- Avid down power lines.
- Wait for your local authorities to say it is ok to return to your residence.
- Make sure not to drink or cook with tap water until local authorities say it is safe.
- Be advised that although floodwater receded it may have left weaken roadways.
- Be cautious when entering a build as it may have hidden structural damage.
- Any item that got wet should be cleaned and disinfected.