6 Steps to Prepare for a Flood –
If you live in a flood plain, it makes sense to prepare your family for the potential of a flood. Floods can be extremely damaging and deadly if you’re not careful. Just ask the people who live in parts of Texas and Louisiana right now. Making sure that your family is as best prepared as they can be may be one of the most important things you can do for them. Take a look at these 6 steps to prepare for a flood:
Fire safe box – I realize that a fire safe box is for fires, but most of the good quality ones are also somewhat water tight. Keep certified copies of your important documents and flash drives with your family photos inside of it just in case you lose your other copies. It may not protect them
72 Hour Bag – If you live on a flood plain, you may very well have to evacuate quickly. Having a well stocked 72 hour bag is a MUST! Your bag needs to include 3 days change of clothing, quick food, water, medicines, personal documents (certified copies), cash, debit or credit cards and anything else you might think you need. Too many people have been left with nothing because of a rising flash flood to skip this step.
Top shelf – The words top shelf don’t apply just to liquor. Keep your important documents and a few days of food and water on a top shelf for storage in case of rapidly rising water.
Raft or canoe – I know it may seem excessive, however, in a flash flood you may not be able to get your car out of the driveway (or even get to your car for that matter). Having something you can paddle out in could save your life in case the water rises too quickly.
Lifejackets – Along with the raft or canoe, you need to be sure that you have a lifejacket for every single member of your family. If something would happen and they couldn’t get out of the water, they would at least be covered that way. It really could be the difference between life and death for them.
Flood Insurance – Most people who live in a flood plain know that you need to have flood insurance, but if you don’t? Get it today. Flood insurance is not available through your insurance company and instead is offered by the government at a very affordable price.
These 6 steps aren’t complicated to do at all, but they could not only help you save your precious documents, but your life as well. If you live in an area that has flooded in the past, you can bet that it will again at some point. It may not be tomorrow, but it will happen eventually. Making sure you’re prepared for that possibility isn’t a bad thing. It’s just plain smart.