21 Mar Spring Flooding Safety Tips
Spring brings warm weather and longer days. It also delivers heavy rains and snowmelt for many areas of the country, increasing the likelihood of floods. How you prepare for a flood and what you do afterward can potentially lessen the damage. To protect you, your family, and your property, review these flood safety tips.
Before a Flood Occurs
Purchase Flood Insurance
Work with an insurance professional to determine whether flood insurance is appropriate for your property.
Create an Evacuation Plan
Review this plan with family members, ensuring that everyone knows what to do and are on the same page.
Pack Emergency Supplies
Have a supply of water, food, medication, and clothing ready in case you need to evacuate.
Protect Valuable Items and Documents
Use waterproof containers to store irreplaceable items and important documents.
After a Flood Occurs
Stay Out of Flood Water
Avoid walking, swimming, or driving through floodwater, and avoid downed power lines.
Remove Wet Contents
Once it is safe to do so, remove any wet carpeting, furniture, bedding, or other items holding moisture. Otherwise, mold can quickly develop within 24 to 48 hours.
Check for Damage
Upon reentering your home check for damage. If you suspect water, gas, electric, or sewer line damage, contact your local authorities.
File a Flood Insurance Claim
To file a claim, photograph any water damage and make a detailed list of any damaged or lost items.