Are you ready?
Ready.gov has a wealth of information for preparing for disasters as well as what to do should the unthinkable happen. Did you know floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States? Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death.
IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! (Just six inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away)
- Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water
- Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding
- Evacuate if told to do so
- Move to higher ground or a higher floor
- Stay where you are
- Know the types of flood risk in your area (visit FEMA’s Flood Map’s Service center)
- Sign up for your community’s warning system
- Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response
- Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off including medicine, pets needs, and important documents
- Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you’ve built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding (WE CAN HELP YOU WITH THIS)
- Protect your property
If you are Flooding
- Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately
- Listen to EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water
- If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof
- If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level or the roof but NOT a closed attic
After the Flood
- Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe
- Avoid driving, except in emergencies
- Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up
- Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock
- Avoid wading in floodwater
- Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows
We try to stay on top of emergencies and disasters relevant to our clients. We do our best to post on Social Media, send emails, as well as call anyone possibly affected by flooding or a disaster. We can also help you with claims after the flooding has subsided. We work to help you and help keep you safe, so please call us if you have any questions.
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Did you Know?
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