This week is Flood Awareness Week, and it’s important to educate ourselves on the severity of flooding. With all the snow we’ve had this winter, and with the inevitable rain we will receive when Spring is in full bloom, it’s important to be prepared if the worst comes. Floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Every year, more deaths occur due to flooding.
To keep your family safe this flood season, here’s a good guide to keep hold of:
Have an Evacuation Plan
Familiarize yourself with the evacuation plan for your area if you live near the water, and be sure to tell your family of the plan prior to the event of a flooding situation. Make sure the end location of your evacuation plan is high, safe ground. Create a meeting place so that you can find a family member if anyone becomes separated from the group. Also, be sure to have a full tank of gas before the storm, as well as extra gas in the event that electric power is cut off and gas stations cannot open.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of Floodwaters
Even if you have a large vehicle, it may still be able to be carried away by a strong rush of water and the force of buoyancy. According to the National Weather Service, two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including SUV’s and pickups.
Keep an Emergency Supplies Kit
Have extra bottled water, food that requires little preparation and no refrigeration, first aid supplies, prescription medicines, flashlights, extra batteries, and a battery-powered portable radio.
Make a Pet Plan
Have carriers or leashes for each of your pets, as well as food and water for them in your emergency supply kit. Be sure to consider a safe place where they can be kept in the event that you are forced to relocate.
If your home falls victim to flooding, call AmeriClean for your water damage restoration. When you call AmeriClean to help you recover from water damage, you can be assured that our crews will respond quickly to prevent further damage and help you get your home back to normal. AmeriClean handles every water damage project in accordance with Industry Standards, regardless of the source of water or the size of the project.