The National Weather Service outlook shows that there is a high risk for spring flooding. You can see the entire flood outlook on the National Weather Service website here. In order to best serve you, I will be providing weather outlooks and updates this spring to help keep you informed and safe.
Below is some information to help you and your family safely prepare for a potential flood.
After getting flood insurance, there are several things you can
do to minimize losses in your home and ensure your family’s safety.
1. Safeguard your possessions.
Create a personal “flood file” containing information about all
your possessions and keep it in a secure place, such as a safe deposit
box or waterproof container. This file should have:
- A copy of your insurance policies with your agent’s contact
- A room-by-room inventory of your possessions, including
receipts, photos, and videos.
- Copies of all other critical documents, including finance
records or receipts of major purchases.
2. Prepare your house.
- First make sure your sump pump is working and then install a
battery-operated backup, in case of a power failure. Installing a water
alarm will also let you know if water is accumulating in your basement.
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Anchor any fuel tanks.
your electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers,
and wiring) at least 12 inches above your home’s projected flood
- Place the furnace, water heater, washer, and dryer on cement
blocks at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation.
- Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe
3. Develop a family emergency plan.
- Create a safety kit with drinking water, canned food, first
aid, blankets, a radio, and a flashlight.
- Post emergency telephone numbers by the phone and teach your
children how to dial 911.
- Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family.
Know safe routes from home, work, and school that are on higher ground.
- Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be your emergency
- Have a plan to protect your pets.
For more information on emergency preparation, talk to your
insurance agent or visit Ready.gov.
Stay Safe During a Flood