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 basement walls 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, SUVs 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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