Planning for a Flood
This is a basic outline of how to put together a plan for flooding as mentioned in our last article. When you have done the research laid out before on where you are in relation to the flood plain and your insurance you should have a pretty good idea of what you can expect. Answer the following questions and you will have a good idea of what needs to be in your plan.
1. Do I stay or do I leave?
Once you have determined the likelihood of flooding in your area take a look at how high the water would have to get to get to your home. If the river can conceivably reach your home you need to plan to evacuate. Also look at roads and bridges you would need to cross. Will you be trapped by roads getting submerged or washed out? In this case you will want to know at what stage you will need to leave before the road is dangerous to pass. This includes knowing at what stage you need to be alert for to get ready and what stage you need to get out now.
2. Who do I need to take?
Take stock of everyone who lives with you. Now think about pets and livestock that live in your home or on your property. Who hops in the car and who needs to be caught?
3. Where can you go when you do need to evacuate?
Work out where you will be going in the event of a flood. Have somewhere else to go than the FEMA Refugee site. You can’t assume you will be able to hit up a hotel in the area because if you are getting out many people may be. Use the PACE acronym to work out a contingency plan. PACE stands for Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency. Have a location for each of those so that you always have somewhere to go. These can be familiar hotels, bed and breakfasts, relatives homes, and so on. These should be geographically further from your home as you go. Where your primary is perhaps a hotel in the same city the emergency should be in a different county far away from the disaster.
4. What does everyone need to travel?
Now that you know where you are going what do you need to get there? This can be as basic as water and cash for going to a hotel or as complex as life support systems for grandma who stays with you. Keeping in mind the distance and method of travel. FEMA recommends you have a three day supply of food and water with you. This is based on their models of how quickly they can get supplies to an area. Having a week’s worth of food and water never hurt anyone. Also spare cloths, diapers, flashlights, shelter, emergency blankets and other gear can help if you’re stranded or if things go sideways. Cash on hand for hotels and supplies is also a good thing to have.
Gathering all these supplies up in advance can save precious time when minutes or seconds count. Having everything together and ready is best so if there is an emergency at a moment’s notice you can simply grab it, gather everyone up and go.
5. Speak with your family about the plan.
Having a plan us only good if the family knows about it. Make sure everyone knows their part. Junior gathers the dog, Sally puts the cat’s in the cat carrier while mom calls the hotel and reserves a room and dad loads the supplies into the car. Like a fire drill if everyone knows what to do and does it an emergency is not a tragedy.
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To stop flooding or keep as much water out of your home or business before it starts, see our previous article for steps you can take in advance to reduce damage. You can also contact us for a free estimate to handle any mold remediation.