Preparing for a Flood at Home
A flood can be a very dangerous thing to experience and should never be taken lightly. You should always take steps to protect your family and home throughout the year and take precautions when flooding is predicted in your region.
What is a Flood?
Surprisingly, not everyone knows what a flood is. According to Ready.gov:
Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Failing to evacuate flooded areas or entering flood waters can lead to injury or death.
1) Result from rain, snow, coastal storms, storm surges and overflows of dams and other water systems.
2) Develop slowly or quickly. Flash floods can come with no warning.
3) Cause outages, disrupt transportation, damage buildings and create landslides.
Always Protect Yourself First
As a basic rule of thumb, it is safe to over prepare than underprepare and get caught in the middle of a flood. Your family should always be your first priority. If it comes down to it, your property can be replaced, family members cannot. Always have communication ready in the event of a power outage.