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Flood Safety Basics

by Cindy Purcell 01/13/2022

Floods are among the most common natural disasters homeowners contend with. Since flooding can be caused by many things--hurricanes, heavy rain, thawing snow and more--your home may be at risk no matter where you live. Luckily, there are plenty of simple measures you can take to prepare for a possible flood and stay safe during one. Here are some basic flood safety tips to remember:

Evacuate if Mandatory

If there is a flood evacuation order in your area, you should leave right away. Floods can deepen and increase in severity very quickly, so it's important to avoid delay in evacuating. Regardless of whether it's mandatory, if you choose to evacuate your home, keep it safe by placing sandbags in front of all exterior doors. Have a "go bag" ready with essentials so you and your household can get out as quickly as possible before you become trapped by rising waters.

Don't Walk or Drive Through Water

If outside your home, avoid areas with standing or flowing floodwaters. Trying to walk or drive through them can be extremely dangerous even if the water seems shallow. Floodwater can hide debris, sinkholes and even electric currents from downed power lines. Stay on the high ground and navigate around floodwaters to stay safe.

Go to the Highest Level of Your Home

If you're at home during a flood, get to the highest level possible. However, avoid taking refuge in your attic unless it has windows or another exit to the outside to avoid being trapped by rising waters.

If you live in an apartment or condo building, go to a higher floor for safety. However, use the stairs if possible, as elevators can malfunction when the mechanisms are exposed to water.

Flooding can be dangerous and damaging to property, but you can keep your household safe by following some basic safety tips. Keep these things in mind when preparing for a possible disaster.

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