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Preparing for a Flood in Your Area

Floods can come quickly and without much warning. They are typically the result of rain, snow,
storms, storm surges, and overflows of dams and other water systems. Floods can cause a range of issues: from power outages and transportation hazards to building damages and landslides. If you know you’re at risk for flooding in your area, then it’s best to always keep yourself prepared. It is necessary that you know what is going on with your property and if you’re in a flood zone/area.

  1. Plan Evacuation Routes Ahead | You should prepare an evacuation route and an emergency kit in case a flash flood occurs, or you need to head to higher ground to avoid the water. It’s best to find out where the closest shelter is near you, too.
  2. Renew Insurance Policies | If you know your home is at risk for flooding, purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. This will save you a lot of money if something were to happen to your home.
  3. Stay Away from the Water | During a flood, there are a few things for you to remember: seek shelter immediately if you are under a flood warning. However, the worst thing you could do during a flood is to be in the water. Do not walk, swim, or drive through the flood water. Just six inches of moving water has the ability to knock you down, and just one foot of moving water can sweep your vehicle away. Remember to stay off bridges that are over high-speed water and determine how to best protect yourself.