Thursday, August 18, 2011

In the event of flooding

I live near the banks of the Ohio River and it occasionally floods.  Thankfully, our home has never been affected, but many of my neighbors have had the water invade their homes. 

FEMA says that 100% of Americans live in flood prone regions and the only differentiating factor is your risk level (low, medium and high)

To prepare for a flood
  • Place irreplaceable items and valuables in areas safe from flooding
  • Back up photographs on a disk or portable hard drive and place it in your safe deposit box
  • Create a binder of important documents like insurance policies and make sure to take it with you if you need to evacuate
  • Know the location of your main electrical switch, water valve and gas main.  Learn to properly turn these off, but NEVER tread into water to do so!
  • Develop a safety plan in case of an evacuation that includes a safe place to meet away from flood waters.  Inform your family members and neighbors (who can inform the authorities or wayward family members where you can be located)
  • Assemble some emergency supplies which should include a first aid kit, bottled water, battery powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries, rubber gloves and boots.
Stay out of flood waters.  As little as 6 inches of moving water s enough to throw a grown man off his feet.  2 feet of flowing water can sweep away your vehicle.  Never drive into moving water.  Remember to take your pets with you in the event you need to evacuate.

1 comment:

  1. This is a great list! I just moved from Ohio where I didn't live in a flood zone to Florida where I do (although this area has not flooded in years. Thanks!