Flooding, which occurs in all 50 states, causes more property damage than any other weather-related catastrophe. You should be aware of any flood vulnerabilities you may have in your home. If you’re unsure, the Red Cross local government or your regional planning and zoning department can assist you.
If it is pouring heavily or has been raining for an extended period of time, listen to the radio or watch weather updates on television for increasing flood risks.
Floods come in a variety of forms. Coastal and river floods are more predictable, occurring over a period of hours or days. A flash flood might appear out of nowhere. Local governments may issue Flash Flood Watches or Flash Flood Warnings, as well as ordinary Flood Watches or Flood Warnings; click on any of the words for more information.
Before a Flood
If you live or have a home in a flood-prone area, flood insurance is a good idea. Flood insurance is not generally included in homeowner’s insurance. That coverage must be purchased as a stand-alone insurance.
Prepare a Flood Disaster Supply Kit and a Personal Evacuation Plan, or update them if necessary.
When there is a Flood Watch in effect,
Move your valuables and stuff to the upper floors of your home. Place these items on top of countertops and tables if you live in a one-story home.
Make sure your car’s fuel tanks are full and that you’re ready to go if an evacuation order is issued.
When A Flood Warning is Issued
Listen to the radio, internet, or watch the news to stay up to date. Prepare to flee if necessary.
If the Flood Warning is for a Flash Flood, get to higher ground right away. Flash floods can quickly turn into raging torrents, leaving you with little time to react. Rivers, creeks, streams, and drainage areas should be avoided.
When There Is A Flood
Do not drive on or across flooded roads or bridges. In a flood, 80 percent of those who die trying to drive where they shouldn’t. A car can be moved, or a person can be knocked down by six inches of fast-moving water.
Be extremely cautious if flooding happens at night. In the lack of light, warning indicators are more difficult to spot; light reflected off a smoother water surface can appear to be wet pavement.
Get to the highest place possible without wading into floodwaters. If you’re riding a watercraft, go slowly, so you don’t get upset if you hit something; likewise, wakes from fast-moving watercraft might cause property damage.
Following a Flood
Before re-entering your home, inspect it for structural damage. If the damage appears to be severe, stay away from the house until you can take actions to prevent it from collapsing.
Examine your water lines and other plumbing fixtures. Avoid using bathrooms if you suspect there has been any damage.
Wait until local authorities declare it’s safe to consume or wash with tap water. Meanwhile, bring all of the water to a boil.
If water has infiltrated your home or basement, stay away from electric appliances and lines.
Continue to listen to the radio and television for updates on water safety, transportation, and other critical news.
Food in cans or another packaging that has come into touch with floodwater should be thrown away.
For heat or light, avoid utilizing candles, kerosene lamps, or other open flame sources. After a crisis, candles ignite more flames than any other source. If you must use a candle or an open flame lamp, make sure pets, children, and combustibles are kept well away from the flame.
Leave the house if you smell or hear the hiss of leaking gas. Turn off the gas line at the cutoff valve outside your home if possible. From your cell phone or another place, call the utility company.
Take pictures of any goods that have been damaged. If they can’t be saved, put them outdoors, but don’t throw them away until you’ve had an insurance adjuster look at them.
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