How to Prepare for a Flood
Floods are amongst the scariest and most devastating natural disasters that we face. Often times, you may know that a flood is coming, but you may not be aware of the extent to which it will impact your neighborhood or home. When a flood is on its way, either from a major storm upstream, or from direct flooding associated with an inadequate storm water drainage system, being prepared can save you time, money, and prevent the loss of valuable or sentimental items.
Here are some steps to help you prepare in the event of a flood in your area.
- Evaluate your risk and make sure you are insured. Contact your insurance company to find out about the right insurance for your needs.
- Create an emergency kit. Having some basic supplies stocked and ready at all times will ensure that you are prepared during an emergency.
- Create an evacuation plan. Sit down with your family and draw out an escape route. Having a clear plan will help to keep your family safe during a flood.
- Prepare flood defences. Know how to create sandbags and how to dig flood breaks.
- Put valuable items as high as possible. Keep items that could be damaged by water on the upper floors in your house. You may also want to do this with photos and valuable documents.
- Keep yourself informed. When there is a storm coming that may result in flooding, make sure you stay informed. Consider purchasing a hand-crank or battery operated radio that can function without electricity, as it is highly likely that electricity will be interrupted during a flood.
- Turn off your power. Shutting of your main circuit breaker is a safety precaution you do not want to forget about when flooding is a possibility.
Keep in mind that flood restoration companies will be available to help you with getting everything back in order when the flood is over.