During the Storm
Protect yourself and your home
Here's what you can do to stay safe during a flood:
- Avoid unnecessary trips, only travel in emergency situations
- DO NOT “sightsee” in flooded areas.
- DO NOT attempt to go around barricades.
- Heed official instructions. Monitor potential flood hazards on NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards on the Internet at NOAAwatch.gov/floods.php.
- If flooding occurs, go to higher ground and avoid areas subject to flooding.
- Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes.
- Don’t walk through a flooded area. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Don’t drive through a flooded area. A car can be carried away by just 2 feet of water.
- If water rises in your home before you evacuate, go to the top floor, attic, or roof.
- Listen to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
- Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if advised to do so.
- If you've come in contact with floodwaters, wash your hands with soap and disinfected water.
- Don’t forget your pets or livestock.
- Load pets and livestock who are willing to be loaded first, then those you have difficulty with last.
After the Storm
The Road to Recovery
As soon as floodwater levels have dropped, it's time to start the recovery process. Here's what you can do to begin restoring your home.:
- If your home has suffered damage, call your insurance agent to file a claim.
- Check for structural damage before re-entering your home to avoid being trapped in a building collapse.
- Take photos of any floodwater in your home and save any damaged personal property.
- Make a list of damaged or lost items and include their purchase date and value with receipts, and place with the inventory you took prior to the flood. Some damaged items may require disposal, so keep photographs of these items.
- Keep power off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
- Boil water for drinking and food preparation until authorities tell you that your water supply is safe.
- Prevent mold by removing wet contents immediately.
- Wear gloves and boots to clean and disinfect. Wet items should be cleaned with a pine-oil cleanser and bleach, completely dried, and monitored for several days for any fungal growth and odors.
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After The Storm - en Español
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