March Is Dedicated To Flood Safety Awareness Month

Did you know that floods cause more damage in the United States than any other weather related disaster? Floods have been known to cause the highest rate of fatalities, costing us eight billion dollars in damages annually. Knowing your flood risks within your area will help you stay safe before, during and after nature strikes.

Here are some tips that will help you stay safe and reassured ahead of flooding season:

  • Listen to your local radio station or news station for most accurate weather updates. Most weather apps have radars and maps for viewing as well. Knowing the course of a storm can help you implement a course of action.

  • If your area is anticipating a flood storm, gather emergency supplies, including food and water. Store at least 1 gallon of water per day for each person and each pet. Try to store at least a 3-day supply.

  • If evacuation appears necessary, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve. Bring any outdoor possessions and valuables inside or tie them down securely.

  • Avoid driving through any flooded areas and standing waters. Don’t go near low spots, canyons, washes, sharp corners, tight bridges, etc to ensure your vehicle doesn’t get sucked into hidden currents beneath the surface. As little as six inches of water can cause you to lose control.

  • After a flood storm, listen for any water advisories. Local authorities will let you know if your water is safe for drinking and bathing. When in doubt, throw it out.

  • Practice safe cleaning. Remove and throw out drywall and insulation that was contaminated with flood water or sewage. Throw out items that cannot be washed and cleaned with a bleach solution: mattresses, pillows, carpeting, carpet padding, and stuffed toys. Homeowners may want to temporarily store items outside of the home until insurance claims can be filed.

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