Flood Safety and Prevention Resources
Safety Before, During and After Flooding
It is possible to prepare for storms and flooding and reduce potential disasters.
Make a Plan
Make a Plan that includes your family and include pets. You may also include neighbors, friends and extended family if you think it will be helpful.
The Plan should also prepare children or those with special needs for disasters. To help reduce fears help family members build Ready Kits that provide comfort like toys or snacks. Ask children what they feel they may need to feel at ease if a disaster strikes. Do safety drills to practice your plan and give everyone a place to go should anyone become separated. If there are special needs, learn what equipment needs electricity and identify alternative power sources and be sure to account for medications. Pets should be up to date on vaccinations and should be microchipped in case of separation. Take photos of family members including pets and keep important documents on your phone if possible. It may be a good idea to also have a Ready Kit for pets which include a leash, food or carrier.
What else should you consider?
An emergency kit is a great idea and should include about two weeks worth of supplies for each family member. It should include documents, medications, antibacterial gel and wipes, soap, water, non-perishable food, can opener, batteries. Make sure you are up to date on insurance policies and review what is covered. Know your policy, deductibles, exclusions, and other information associated with filing claims. Take photos of your property before and after a disaster and document everything