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Flood Preparedness Guide
Prolonged rainfall over several days can cause a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area. A flash flood from a broken dam or levee or after intense rainfall of one inch (or more) per hour often catches people unprepared.
Regardless, the rule for being safe is simple: head for the high ground and stay away from the water. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving flood water produces more force than most people imagine. The most dangerous thing you can do is to try walking, swimming or driving through such swift water.
Still, you can take steps to prepare for these types of emergencies.
Have various members of the family do each of the items on the checklist below. Then hold a family meeting to discuss and finalize your Home Flood Plan.
Decide where your family would go in case you must evacuate. Clear your plan with the relatives or friends you plan to stay with. Also, get an extra map and mark two alternate ways to reach that destination. Add the map to your Flood Safety Kit.
Determine whether you're in a flood area.
Flood area: ____ Yes ____ No
If in a flood area, is flooding covered under your homeowner's or renter's insurance policy?
Flood insurance: ____ Yes ____ No
If flooding is not covered under your homeowner's or renter's policy, flood insurance is available from: ____________________________
Keep current copies of all important papers or valuables in a safe-deposit box.
Location of safe-deposit box:______________________________
Put together a Flood Safety Kit in a clearly labeled, easy-to-grab box.
Location of Flood Safety Kit:______________________________
Write instructions on how and when to turn off your utilities-- electricity, gas, and water.
Evacuation plan completed: ________________________(date)
Buy a survival kit and store along with:
Know what to expect
Prepare a home Flood plan
Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice