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Flood Safety and Preparedness


Floods happen. According to the 30-year average, 99 deaths occur each year across the United States as a result of flooding. Good preparation and understanding before flood events occur will increase your safety and possibly your chance for survival.

[ Emergency Preparedness Kit]

Some flood safety preparation tips include:

  • Prepare a family disaster plan.
  • Check if your insurance covers flood damages. If not, get flood insurance.
  • Keep insurance, important documents (such as copies of driver’s license and credit cards), and other valuable items in a safe deposit box.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit and ensure it includes prescription medications, food and water.
  • Make a keep-in-touch arrangement with relatives and friends.

Refer to Red Cross or Federal Emergency Management Agency websites for ideas and examples of disaster plans and disaster kits. Additional preparedness information can be found at www.ready.gov.

Additional information about Flood Preparedness Week is available at www.floodsafety.noaa.gov.




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