It’s almost hurricane season, and that brings with it the threat of flash floods.
If you’re unsure of the ways you can prepare for a flash flood, then don’t worry. We’ve compiled the important thing you need to remember when preparing for a flash flood. With flooding being the number one natural disaster in the U.S., you must be ready if it happens.
Read our tips and start preparing today:
Avoid Building in Flood-Prone Areas
As much as you can, try to avoid building in places like flat floodplains or places more likely to collect water during heavy rains. Make sure that you know the risk around the are to ensure you’re safe. You can check government sites or state flood maps to check if you’re in an affected area.
Make a Plan
If you live in a flood-prone area, it’s important that once you learn about the risk of flooding that you make a plan. One thing you can do is establish an evacuation route from your home to a safer part of the neighborhood. If it gets so bad that you need to leave the house, it’s important to know where to go.
If you have kids, it’s a good idea to teach them how to dial emergency numbers if worst comes to worst. You should also have at least one out-of-state contact with all the important information. That guarantees your family or rescue teams have someone not in immediate danger to contact.
If possible, you should invest in flood insurance so that you can recover from any damage caused by the flooding. You can get reliable flooding insurance at www.betterflood.com.
Have Emergency Supplies Ready
When you live in a flood-prone area, you should already have packed emergency supplies—enough food and water to last at least three days, with the food being non-perishable goods. You should also have disposable utensils and extra things like a can-opener.
You also have to have things like flashlights, power banks, a multipurpose tool that has at least a screwdriver and a knife to use in emergencies. Most important of all is a first aid kit and include hygiene items too.
You can even add things to protect you from the elements, which is helpful if there’s a call for an evacuation. Add things like rain-boots, emergency blankets, and raincoats.
Prepare Your Home for Flooding
If you can’t avoid building your home in a floodplain or other flood-prone area, then make sure to flood-proof your home as well. Make sure that you have an elevated house with reinforced support.
Inside your home, check that all electrical appliances and outlets are also elevated in case the water does get into your home. If you live next to places like a beach, you can even place blockades for the water around your home.
Preparing for a Flash Flood
We hope that this article helped you learn more about how to prepare for a flash flood. You can always find out more at your state’s government website for information on evacuation plans and more.
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