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Flood Preparedness and Response

4/9/2018 (Permalink)

Storm can be dangerous they can create dangerous situations. They also can damage your property. It is important to be ready.

The first thing to find out is whether your home or property is prone to floods. You can ask your local public works about flood history.

If your home or property is prone to floods you can start by keeping emergency building materials. This would be plywood, sand bags, shovels, and plastic sheeting.

Also plan an evacuation route. You and your family should know the safest routes to shelters and out of harm’s way.

You should create an emergency supply kit. The kits should at least have these items:

  • Flashlight with batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Food and water are essential. The right cooking tools should also be included.
  • Keep cash and a credit card if possible.
  • A copy of local maps. During storms some electronic devices might not have service.

When considering storm emergency preparedness, it is helpful to follow the Five P’s of Evacuation.

People – Think of what a specific person or a pet might need in an energy.

Prescriptions – Consider keeping prescriptions as part of your emergency kit. Nothing would be worse than not being able to find necessary prescription and creating a life-threatening situation.

Papers – Make sure your important papers are in a safe area whether they be hard copies or digital copies.

Personal Needs – Clothing and feminine products should be kept as part of your emergency kit.

Priceless items – Secure priceless items in a safe spot. Although many things can be replaced some items may be irreplaceable.

The most important thing is your safety. Never compromise your safety during a storm. In the case that you and your family are separated during a storm be sure to have a communication plan in hand. Agree on a location to meet up.

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