August 7, 2020

Are there steps I can take to prepare for a flood?

In addition to getting flood insurance, there are a number of steps you can take to prepare for a flood and minimize damage. Make sure your sump pump is working properly and install a battery-operated backup since there is a chance you may lose power during a severe storm. Elevate your furnace, water heater, washer, dryer, and all electrical components (fuse box, circuit breakers, wiring) at least 12inches above the projected flood line. Creating an inventory of all your possessions, accompanied by pictures and receipts, will come in useful if there is any damage to the contents of your house. Be sure to keep that information along with your policy information and any important documents in a secure, waterproof box or a safe deposit box. Prepare your family for a flood by developing an emergency plan and a safety kit with water, blankets, non-perishable food, first-aid supplies and a flashlight.

For more information on flood insurance and preparing for a flood, as well as tips on what to do during and after a flood, visit https://www.floodsmart.gov/flood/first-prepare-for-flooding.

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