Flood Disaster Preparedness

Before a Flood

  • Prepare an emergency kit and make a family communications plan.
  • Avoid building in floodplains unless structure is elevated and reinforced.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel.
  • Consider installing “check valves” to prevent floodwater backups.
  • Construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.

Driving Tips

  • Six inches of water will stall or cause control issues in most passenger vehicles.
  • A foot of water will float many passenger vehicles.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most passenger vehicles including SUV’s and pick-ups.
  • Never attempt to drive through a flooded road, depth is not always obvious and the roadbed may be washed away under the surface.
  • Do not drive around barricades.
  • Do not try to take short cuts and stick to designated evacuation routes.
  • Avoid driving at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.

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