Preparing for a possible emergency, especially a flooding emergency, can be quite scary and overwhelming. You may worry about your family, your home, your possessions, and your pets. You may also be wondering what items you should gather or protect and considering how you can best be prepared for whatever might come your way. Before there is an imminent threat of a flood, there are several steps you can take to be prepared.
Call your local county geologist or planning department for your county. Ask them if your home happens to be located in an area prone to landslides or flash flooding. They may be able to provide you with additional tips to be prepared if your home is in one of these areas.
Research your area’s emergency plans, evacuation routes, locations of emergency shelters, and community emergency plans. Make print-outs or charts of important information and keep them in an accessible place.
Post emergency numbers by every phone in your home. Assign an out-of-state emergency contact for your family to be in touch with if you get separated. Everyone in the family should have all of the contact info for this important person.
Install backflow valves or plugs that prevent floodwaters from entering drains, toilets and sewer connections. Purchase and install sewage pumps, along with a backup power source.
Have a licensed electrician move any electric components a minimum of 12″ above the projected flood elevation of your home.
Keep on hand (or know where you can access or rent) water waste, sewage pumps and submersible pumps. These pumps are crucial tools when cleaning and restoring a home or a business after a flooding emergency. A submersible pump has a hermetically sealed motor and pushes fluid to the surface, in comparison to jet pumps, which pull fluids. Submersible pumps are more efficient, and therefore, more effective in a flooding situation or emergency. These pumps work so well they are used for sewage pumping, slurry pumping, and even in water and oil wells.
Nothing is more important than being prepared in case of an emergency. Preparing before the situation arises is the best way to decrease dangers and problems affiliated with flooding. Start taking steps today to be prepared for a flood.