Flood Safety Facts
October 10, 2016
Did you know?
Floods can happen anywhere at any time.
Flood Preparation Checklist
Last-minute steps to protect personal property in the event of a flood
Clear drains and gutters of debris to prevent water from piling up and not being properly shifted.
Move expensive furniture and electronics to higher ground. A TV in the basement, for example, can be carried to the top floor of a home to prevent damage from moisture.
Make sure sump pumps and drains are functioning properly. Inspect them yourself regularly or hire pros to examine these appliances.
Roll up and store area rugs on the first floor / basement level on a high floor to prevent damage.
Shut off electrical service to your home at the main breaker before evacuating and moving to higher ground.
Flood Evacuation Safety
- Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather Service (NWS).
- Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
- If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go the other way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
Even if you're not living by a coast or a river, your home could still be located in an area susceptible to flooding. Check out these 7 reasons you need flood insurance, then visit geico.com to get a flood insurance quote for your home.
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