3 Important Flood Safety Tips

April 5, 2016

Flood Safety Awareness Week is in April. In honor of it, here are some important flood safety tips:

From Flood Watch to Evacuation Notice

Knowing the difference between hunkering down and getting out of your home and to a safer place can save you a lot of precious time during a disaster. If your news channel has issued a flood watch that means flooding is possible in your area but has not occurred. This is different from a flood warning or flash flood watch that means flooding has occurred in your area and may occur suddenly. You should move to higher ground within your home or community and be prepared to gather valuables. A flash flood warning alerts that a flash flood will be occurring in your area and you must seek higher ground immediately. Finally, an evacuation notice is telling you it is time to evacuate your home or community to seek higher ground. Take only the necessities.

What to Pack in a Kit:

  1. A 3-day supply of water: at least one gallon per person per day
  2. A 3-day supply of non-perishable, easy-to-prepare food
  3. Flashlight
  4. Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
  5. Extra batteries
  6. First Aid kit
  7. A 7-day supply of medications 
  8. Multi-purpose tool
  9. Copies of personal documents
  10. Cellphone with charger
  11. Cash
  12. Camera to display flood damage
  13. Baby and Pet Supplies
  14. Wood, nails, power tools (to secure your home)
  15. Sandbags for home protection

Have a Plan

Always have a plan and let everyone in your household know the plan. You can post a floor plan in your kitchen or living room and route several escape plans from each room in your home. Be sure to also give everyone a job during a disaster. This way everything will get done but you will not have to focus on every aspect of it. And you will be able to share the load so everyone will be accountable. You will also want to have a meeting place for your family that is outside of the household. This way everyone will be accounted for and if anyone is missing everyone can look for him or her and meet again at the meeting place.