There are several steps you can take to prepare for flooding:
- Understand the flood risks in your area and know where to go if an evacuation is necessary.
- Create an emergency plan with your family, including an evacuation route, a meeting place, and a plan for communication.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit that includes items such as water, non-perishable food, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and important documents.
- Learn how to turn off utilities such as gas, electricity, and water to prevent damage or injury.
- Keep sandbags and other flood-protection materials on hand, and know how to use them.
- If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance. It typically is not included in homeowners insurance policies.
- Keep important documents such as insurance papers, identification, and financial records in a waterproof and portable container.
- Stay informed during flood events by listening to local news and following the advice of local authorities.