Prepare Your Home for a Flood

Floods are the most common natural disasters in this country. They can devastate communities and cause fatalities, pollute water supplies, compromise transportation routes, and damage public and private property. People—like those in Paducah, KY, and the surrounding area—must be especially prepared for these disasters if they live near rivers that could overflow during periods of heavy rainfall. Here’s how to prepare your home for a flood:

 

Sign Up for Flood Insurance

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Plan Ahead

 If your home is located in an area that might experience flooding, take steps to prepare for that possibility.

  • Raise your heating system, water heater, and electric panel above likely flood levels.
  • Put check valves in your sewer lines to keep floodwater from backing up into your drains.
  • Clean debris from your gutters and drains.
  • Prepare an emergency kit.
  • Make sure your basement is sealed and waterproof.
  • Use sump pumps with battery back-up.
  • Ask officials about any designated relocation routes or evacuation centers.

 

Check Your Policy

 Many home insurance policies don’t cover flood damage, so check yours to make sure. If you need extra flood coverage, call us at 270-554-2105 to purchase a policy.

 

Take Action

 Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take weather authorities seriously and start preparing for a flood as soon as you hear that one may be coming.

  • If you can, move your furniture, rugs, and electrical items above possible flood levels.
  • Seal all valuables and important papers in plastic bags or waterproof containers and take them to higher ground.
  • Empty your freezer and refrigerator and leave the doors open.
  • Switch off your gas, water, and electricity.
  • Move your vehicles and garbage to higher locations.

And, of course, get your family and pets to safety before the disaster hits. Once the floodwaters recede, remember to take pictures or videos of the damage for insurance purposes.

For more information about flood preparedness and safety, check out this FEMA guide.