For some, flooding might seem like a minor worry – where all you need to do is make sure the sump pump is running and that there is nothing valuable that can be damaged by water in the basement. But for those that live near a large body of water, flooding can be catastrophic. If there’s any chance of a flood developing in your neighborhood, you’ll want to be sure you know how to protect your home and your family.
Make A Plan
The best way to stay safe is to stay prepared. Take some time and put together a severe weather emergency kit so that when flood waters strike, you are ready.
Stay Tuned For Severe Weather Warnings
During periods of high rainfall be sure to stay tuned to the news for any emergency warnings. If there is a flash flood warning in your area or an evacuation is ordered, move immediately to higher ground. The CDC reports that flash floods are the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the United States, so be alert.
Disconnect Your Appliances
During a flood – especially a flash flood – your home could be full of water in a moment’s notice. If there is any chance of this, be sure to disconnect all of your electrical appliances, including your gas at the main valve. This will help prevent fires, explosions, and electrical shock.
Don’t Drive or Walk Through “Puddles”
During a flood, even a small puddle can be dangerous. The CDC reports that just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and two feet is enough to hydrolock your vehicle and sweep it away. This can cause serious damage to your vehicle and even put you and your passengers in danger.
Don’t Assume You Are Safe Because The Rain Has Stopped
Just because it is no longer raining doesn’t mean that you are safe. Remember that the rainfall can resume at any time, and there may still be lasting effects of the flooding, such as electrically charged standing water, eroded roads and walkways, and dangerous debris. If you have evacuated your home be sure to only return once the authorities say it is safe.
Whatever natural or man-made disaster you wish to protect your home from, it is always best to plan ahead, and stay informed. For more advice, see our blog post Stay Safe in the Comfort of Your Own Home.