What To Do Before A Flood

What To Do Before A Flood

  • Understand the terms used to define flooding
  • Flood Watch: Flooding is possible. 12 to 36 hours before a possible event, watches are issued.
  • Flash Flood Watch:The possibility of flash flooding. Be willing to move to higher ground.
    A Flash Flood could occur without warning.
  • Flood Warning-Flooding: is occurring, or will occur soon. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Flash Flood Warning: There is a flash flood. Seek higher ground immediately.
  • If your property is in a high-risk or flood-prone region, ask local officials.
  • Identify dams and determine whether in your area they pose a danger to you.
  • Buy a NOAA Weather Radio and a battery backup with a tone-alert feature.
  • If your furnace, water heater, and electric panel are susceptible to flooding, raise them to upper elevations.
  • Install ‘check valves’ in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains in your home.
  • Track media coverage.
  • Ensure the readiness of your home. By raising materials that might be damaged by limited basement flooding, you can minimize damage from basement flooding.
  • Bring children’s toys, patio and lawn furniture indoors.