2 Important Things To Do Before A Flash Flood To Protect Your Family & Home

According to FEMA, every area has a risk of flood. Because of this, it is important to know which type of flood zone you live in. More importantly, it's also important to understand what to do when there is a flood warning, particularly a flash flood warning. In fact, in the United States flash floods are the number one weather-related killer. The reason for this is because flash floods can occur rapidly and cause water to rise 30 feet high or more. 

Although every area has a risk of flooding, people who live near a creek or river need to pay close attention to weather reports, particularly when there's an impending storm that is expected to produce heavy rainfall and also when temperatures begin to warm after a winter of heavy snowfall. Here's what to do to prepare. 

Keep a Bag of Essentials Ready 

Since flash floods by nature and definition occur rapidly, you won't have too much time to gather essential items that you and your family will need in the event that you need to evacuate your home as quickly as possible in order to remain safe. Therefore, it's a good idea to keep a bag of essentials ready and waiting, preferably in your vehicle or beside the main door you use to leave your home. In the bag, keep a supply of medication, bottled water, protein snacks, and a change of clothing for each member of your family, including a spare pair of socks and shoes. If you have a baby or toddler still in diapers, be sure to keep the size of the diapers in the bag updated as your child grows. 

Reduce Risks of Contamination 

Another important thing to do is to lower the risk of your home becoming contaminated with chemicals and toxic materials should your home become flooded. That way, a water damage restoration service can get your home back to pre-flood state much easier should a flood occur. Keep all chemicals, such as cleaning solutions and cans of paint up high, such as on the second floor of your home or on a high shelf if your home has only one floor. Do this also for vehicle and lawnmower maintenance fluids, such as oil and gasoline. If your home has a tank for heating fuel, be sure that the tank is securely attached to the wall and the floor so flood water cannot tip the tank over and spill heating fluid through your home. 

Contact a service, like Redeeming Restoration, for more help.