July 22, 2014 6:24 am
- Check with an insurance agent about flood insurance for the home.
- Prepare a home inventory of furniture and valuables in the home, including details and pictures.
- Put together a family emergency plan and make sure everyone in the household knows what to do.
- Prepare an emergency kit, including insurance policy numbers and phone numbers, a change of clothes for each family member, essential toiletries, bottled water and non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, blankets, first aid kit, disposable cleaning cloths, insect repellent, and enough cash to last you a few days.
- If you have a leak in your home, have it repaired immediately. Waiting to do repairs often results in flooding that causes structure or mold damage to your home.
- Watch the weather for high amounts of rain in a short time period or tropical storms headed your way. Listen carefully to advisories, follow directions from local officials, and evacuate if needed.
- If you have a second floor or large attic, move special furniture, family photographs, area rugs, computers, televisions, artwork, and other expensive items to a higher level to keep them dry.
- If flooding is about to reach your home, shut off the electricity, gas, and water to your home.
- Never touch electrical sources if you are standing in water.
- Never walk or drive through high floodwaters.
- Report damage to your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Take photos of the damaged areas both inside and outside to give to your insurance company.
- Never turn on the electrical power to your home until a professional makes sure it's safe to do so.
- Never use a home vacuum to remove water.
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