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4 Simple Ways to Prepare for a Flood

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Floods impact people all over the United States. They can occur from excessive rainfall, snowmelt, levee or dam failure. Below are some simple steps to prepare for floods before they happen.

Between 1980-2008, an average of 6,753 people were killed each year as a result of floods. Almost three million people were affected in one way or another through physical harm or economic damage. Hurricanes can generate intensive rainfall, flooding, high winds and flying debris. They’re extremely dangerous and it’s important to be prepared — before, during and after the event.  

During a flood or flashflood, you must listen to your radio and television for up-to-date information. In addition, if asked to evacuate, driving in floods can be hazardous — a foot of water will have the ability to float cars. There are simple tactics you can take to ensure that your properties are secured and that you and your family stay safe during floods.

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I will take adequate preparations in case of a flood or other disaster. Below are some simple steps from FEMA to make sure I'm ready:

  1. Keep an emergency kit in your home, with enough food and water to last you and your family at least 72 hours.
  2. Check the National Flood Insurance Program's Flood Maps to see if you live in a high-risk area. (Either way, you may want to get flood insurance.)
  3. Install check valves in your pipes to prevent them from backing up with water during a flood.
  4. If a flood is imminent, turn off all your home's utilities to prevent fires.

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