How to Plan
Nobody can stop a flood. But if you are faced with one, there are actions you can take to protect your family and keep your property losses to a minimum.
The most important thing is to make sure your family is safe.
Before a Flood
- Keep a battery-powered radio tuned to a local station, and follow emergency instructions.
- Heed the advice of officials if instructed to evacuate the area.
- If the waters start to rise inside your house before you have evacuated, retreat to the second floor, the attic, and if necessary, the roof. Take dry clothing, a flashlight and a portable radio with you. Then, wait for help. Do not try to swim to safety; wait for rescuers to come to you.
Buy Flood Insurance
- One of the most important things that you can do to protect your home and family before a flood is to purchase a flood insurance policy.
- You can obtain one through your insurance company or agent. Flood insurance is guaranteed through the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Your homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.
- Don't wait until a flood is coming to purchase your policy. It normally takes 30 days after purchase for a flood insurance policy to go into effect.
- For more information about the NFIP and flood insurance, contact your insurance company or agent, or call the NFIP at (888) 379-9531 or TDD# (800) 427-5593.
Here are Other Steps That You Can Take Before A Flood
- Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears necessary.
- Move valuables, such as papers, furs, jewelry, and clothing to upper floors or higher elevations.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sanitize the sinks and tubs first by using bleach. Rinse, then fill with clean water.
- Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills and trash cans inside, or tie them down securely.