Are You Ready for the Next Flood?
If a fierce storm comes through this year, will you be ready?
With so much water nearby, local residents are always on the lookout for extreme weather conditions. While another Irene isn't expected anytime soon, Monday marks the beginning of National Flood Safety Awareness Week, the perfect time to make sure you are prepared for the next big storm.
The National Weather Service offers flood preparedness tips and videos.
Here is some additional advice from Generac:
- Develop a family emergency plan
- Build an emergency kit with basic disaster supplies including:
- First-aid kit
- Bottled drinking water
- Nonperishable food items and manual can opener
- Battery-powered or hand-crank radio
- Flashlight and extra batteries
- Waterproof/water-resistant clothing such as rubber boots
- Safeguard your possessions. Create a personal flood file containing information about all your possessions and keep it in a secure place, such as a safe deposit box or waterproof container.
- Purchase a portable or standby generator
- Prepare your home in advance by anchoring fuel tanks, clearing debris from gutters and downspouts, and placing the furnace, water heater, washer and dryer on cement blocks at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation.
- In the event of a flood, make your way to higher ground as soon as possible, avoiding areas where the water level has already started to rise. Never attempt to drive through a flooded roadway.