The rain has been heavy, and flood warnings have been issued for your area. Are you and your family ready?

If you’re caught in a flood, or live in an area susceptible to them, then there are a few things you can do to keep your family safe and help minimize damage to your home.

If you live in a flood plain you can prepare your home early by doing the following:

  • Raise electrical appliances such as washers, dryers, hot water tanks, stoves and refrigerators at least twelve inches above known flood levels by placing them on cement blocks.
  • Hire an electrician to do the same with electrical sockets and breaker boxes.
  • Keep downspouts and gutters clear of debris as much as possible.
  • Have a backup battery operated power source for your sump pump.
  • Anchor all fuel tanks.
  • Inform local authorities of all special needs persons, such as persons with disabilities, oxygen tanks, or persons who are bedridden.
  • Make a file containing insurance policies, contact information, store receipts and serial numbers. Keep it in a well-sealed Ziploc bag to keep close in the event of a flood.

If a flood is expected, then there are a few things you can to do help protect your home before water hits:

  • Turn off gas and electricity.
  • Disconnect all appliances.
  • Make sure to have your file with copies of insurance policies and contact information on hand, as well as your copy of store receipts and serial numbers.

Most importantly, here are some tips on how to keep you, and your family, safe in the event of a flood as recommended by the CDC:

  • Keep an emergency, three-day supply, of drinking water and canned food.
  • Have enough sleeping bags or blankets for the whole family.
  • Make sure to keep rubber boots and rain ponchos in your emergency kit.
  • Make sure flashlights are easily accessible.
  • Have water purifying products on hand, or iodine tablets which are the easiest to carry.
  • Make sure to have insect repellent (as mosquitos are found in hot, damp, areas).
  • Have an out of state contact in case you or your family is separated in the event of a flood. Also make sure your children know the name and phone number of this contact person.
  • Grab only the essentials if a flood hits.

Although floods can be devastating, the important thing is to keep yourself and family safe in the event of an emergency. It can also be reassuring to know that once the water clears, the experts here at First Call 24/7 can help you get your home back to normal, and your life on track. For emergency flood cleanup and restoration services, give us a call at 1-866-282-8637.

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