It's a smart idea for every family to have a survival kit in case of emergencies.
When preparing for a disaster, be sure to make a survival kit that includes:
- Canned or other non-perishable food
- Non-electric can opener
- First aid kit and manual
- Portable radio and/or television
- Extra batteries
- Water in non-breakable containers
- Prescription medicines as needed
- Extra clothing and blankets
- Emergency cash and credit cards
- A copy of your insurance policy
Incase of a flood you want to do the following:
- Learn the flood warning signs and alert signals of your community.
- Collect emergency building materials if you live in a frequently flooded area: plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, nails, shovels and sandbags.
- Prepare a survival kit.
- Plan and practice an evacuation route. Establish a meeting place should your family get separated.
- Review how to shut off utilities in an emergency with all family members.
- Check your insurance policy. Ask your agent at C&E Insurance about flood insurance. Homeowners policies do not usually cover flood damage.
- Listen to a battery operated radio or television for the latest storm information. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Move to high ground, avoid rising waters and do not walk or drive through any floodwaters.
- Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.
- Listen to the radio and do not return home until authorities indicate it is safe to do so.
- Be watchful of snakes that may have found their way into your home.
- Throw away all food that has come in contact with floodwaters.
- If your basement has flooded, pump out the water gradually. Remove about 1/3 per day to avoid structural damage.
- Promptly report the loss to your insurance company.