Spring brings warm weather and longer days! Unfortunately, It also delivers heavy rains for many areas of the country, increasing the likelihood of floods. How you prepare for a flood and what you do afterward can potentially lessen the damage. To protect you, your family, and your property, review these flood safety tips.
Safety Tips Before A Flood
Create a flood evacuation plan.
Plan with your family members what it looks like to evacuate for a flood. Make sure everyone knows what to do.
Purchase flood insurance.
Flood damage is not covered under most homeowner policies. Work with an insurance professional to determine whether flood insurance is appropriate for your property.
Pack an emergency supply kit.
Put together water, perishable food, medications, and clothing in case you need to evacuate. Add additional items if you feel the need, just keep in mind that you will have to leave quickly.
Protect valuable items & documents.
Purchase waterproof containers & safes to store irreplaceable items & important documents.
Safety Tips After A Flood
Stay out of floodwater.
Avoid walking, driving through floodwater, and avoid power lines that have fallen.
Remove wet contents.
Once it is safe to do so, remove any wet carpeting, furniture, bedding, or other items holding moisture. Otherwise, mold can quickly develop within 24 to 48 hours.
Check for damage.
Upon reentering your home, check for damage. If you suspect water, gas, electric, or sewer damage, contact your local authorities.
File a flood insurance claim.
To file a claim photograph any water damage. Make sure to write a detailed list of any damaged or lost items. Talk to your agent about their claims process.
Being prepared for a flood is key to help you bounce back from the water damage a flood can cause. Flood insurance a great way to prepare. If you are not sure if your property needs to be covered by flood insurance, reach out to our team today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (712) 263-3193.