Don’t wait until it’s too late! Prepare now for a future flood!
How You Can Prepare for a Flood?
Build an emergency kit
This type of kit may come in handy in a variety of emergency situations, including a flood. Store the contents of your emergency kit together, somewhere you can easily grab it in a hurry if you must evacuate on short notice. A basic kit includes the following:
- Water: One gallon per person per day for drinking and sanitation purposes. Try to have at least three days’ worth in your emergency kit.
- Food: Shoot for at least a three-day supply of non-perishable items.
- Manual can opener: You must be able to open canned non-perishable food without electricity.
- Radios: A hand-crank or battery-powered radio and a NOAA Weather Radio.
- Flashlight: Don’t forget the extra batteries.
- First aid kit: Complete with bandages, cloth tape, antibiotic ointment, medicine, cold compresses, gauze pads, scissors, and tweezers.
- Whistle: Signaling for help is easier when you can make noise.
- Emergency shelter kit: A tarp or plastic sheeting and duct tape are perfect for a makeshift shelter if you need one.
- Personal sanitation items: Pack moist towelettes, garbage bags, and twist ties in your emergency kit.
- Local map: GPS is all the rage, but don’t underestimate a trusty paper map.
- Extra cell phone charger: You might not have time to grab the one you normally use, so keep a spare in your emergency kit.
Make a family communications plan
Discuss certain points with your family so everyone can think with a level head if a flood occurs:
- Create a meeting spot if the flood strikes while the adults are at work and/or the children are at school.
- Parents, talk with your children’s schools to learn their flood evacuation policies.
- Talk about what to do with your pet in case of an evacuation. You may decide to leave your furry companion with a family member or friend outside the immediate danger area. Whatever you do, don’t leave your pet behind.
Take precautionary measures at home
- Don’t build or buy a home in a floodplain unless you elevate and reinforce it.
- Lift the furnace off the ground by setting it on bricks to protect it if the basement floods.
- Install check valves to ensure flood water doesn’t back up the drains.
- Seal the basement walls with waterproofing compounds.
- Construct barriers around your home to stop flood waters from getting in.
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