Before the waters rise…..Prepare!
- Move all items on the lowest level off the floor and up above the potential water depth. (2-3 feet)
- Video record or photograph your home and the contents for a possible insurance claim.
- Contact your insurance agent and ask about flooding.
- Un-plug electrical appliances not being used in the low areas.
- Obtain and fill sandbags. (see the townships web site on locations)!
- Consider pumps for dewatering.
- Shut off circuit breakers to low areas of your home not being used such as the basement, crawl space, and outside outlets.
- Relocate animals and crates or Kennels to high ground.
- Secure valuables and important documents in waterproof containers.
- Gather up valuables that you will need/want if you have to leave your home.
After the water rises……Act!
- Do not enter water unless you are sure that the power is off.
- Wear rubber boots with good traction. Be careful of wet uneven ground.
- Use rubber or plastic gloves if working or de-watering.
- If standing in water for more than a few minutes, be aware of Hypothermia. Cold water can reduce your body temperature.
- Do not run gas powered pumps, fans, or generators inside of a building. Carbon Monoxide gas from the fuel can kill.
- Do not let power cords for pumps or tools contact water.
- Flood water should be considered contaminated. Wash and disinfect all surfaces and tools that come in contact with flood water.
- Be sure to wash / shower or bathe after contact with flood waters.
- Dispose of any food and or medications that come in contact with flood waters.
- Clothes, toys, cloth surfaced objects that come in contact with flood waters should be thoroughly washed, or disposed of.
- Furniture, carpet, padding or any “sponge Like” items that have been in flood waters may need to be disposed of.
- Wear a life jacket or PFD if working in or near flood waters.
- Never try to walk through fast moving waters.
- Never drive through flood waters.
For more information, go to www.FEMA.gov or contact your insurance provider.