Summer’s fast approaching and with the change of season comes the warm weather and the beauty of nature. The last thing you might think of is a flood on your doorstep. It’s important to prepare any natural disaster your location might face. The following tips from FEMA will explain how to prepare for a sudden flood.
OUTSIDE YOUR HOME
- Protect Windows and Doors
- Doors and windows are common points of failure during a storm. When they break open, wind, water, and debris can seriously damage your house and belongings. Storm shutters and high-impact glass can prevent glass from breaking.
- Secure Objects Outside The Home
- Lawn furniture, potted plants, and even children’s toys can pose risks when carried off by storm surges and wind. Secure outdoor objects or bring them inside, to keep them from causing damage.
- Seal Crack and Gaps
- Prevent wind or water from coming into your home. Make sure the caulking around windows and doors is complete and in good shape. Use a waterproof sealant to fill any holes or gaps around pipes or wires that enter your building.
INSIDE YOUR HOME
- Have a Plan
- Create an emergency plan for your family and practice it regularly. When a storm is approaching, evacuate and move your car to higher ground. According to the National Weather Service, just two feet of water can move a vehicle. Visit Ready.gov/plan to learn more.
- Store Valuables
- Store valuables and important documents above the BFE (preferably on an upper floor). Place them in waterproof or water-resistant containers. Also, make copies and store them online or offsite.
- Use Flood-Resistant Materials
- Flood-resistant insulation, drywall, and floor coverings like tile will help minimize damage and are easier to clean and sanitize.
If water damages your home, be confident to call us at (207)947-0400