Planning for flood season involves creating a safety plan for your household, which often includes preparing your home and traveling to safer ground. In addition, you need to stock up on essential supplies.
It’s helpful to shop early for necessary items so you’re as prepared as possible. This flood season checklist, guided by the National Weather Service, can point you in the right direction.
According to the National Weather Service, floods may be anticipated as much as several days or weeks in advance.
However, flash floods may occur with little to no warning. For that reason, it’s recommended to establish a safety plan and assemble an essentials kit prior to the flood season.
Here are three things you should do before a flood impacts your area:
Painting your walls with waterproofing compound may prevent water from seeping into cracks or porous areas.
A backup toilet system is necessary in the event your septic or sewer system cannot be used. A simple bucket and sanitation liners or bags are a simple alternative. Be sure to seal off the bags with duct tape for disposal.
After flooding, you won’t be able to drink well or city water until it’s been tested. Backup water supplies, like an advanced water filtration system, bottled water or water purification tablets are invaluable for hydration and safety.
Purchase a manual sump pump in the event your main one is damaged or can’t be used.
Have several days’ worth of food for every member of your household, including pets.
Stock up on water — you’ll need one gallon per day for every member of your household. Make sure you have extra water for pets.
Assemble an essential tools kit that includes supplies you may need for safety and survival.
It’s important to stay connected, which includes making sure you have the right electronics with a way to power them.
Put together “go bags” for households members that include warm clothing as well as rain gear and protective outerwear.
Assemble a baby supply kit with food, clothing and sleep supplies.
Make sure you pack supplies for pets if you’re bringing them with you to safer ground. If you’re boarding pets elsewhere, you may wish to give some of these items to the kennel.
Documentation and medication are difficult to replace. Pack them in waterproof cases and bring them with you to your secondary location.
You may be in your secondary location for an extended period, so bring toys, games and books. Playing cards and travel board games are the easiest to pack.
Learn more about flood season safety and preparation by visiting the National Weather Service and connecting with your local, county and state organizations for public safety.
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