Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters in the United States. Conditions that cause floods include intense rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. During periods of intense rain streams, creek beds and drains can overflow and cause floods.
The National Weather Service defines the various types of floods as:
It is important to be prepared for a flood especially when you live in a flood prone area. The following are some things you can do to be prepared:
When heavy rain is forecasted you should prepare your home for possible flooding. In the event that flooding occurs you should have a hand held radio to hear news alerts. If you are home it is best to stay at home if it is not being affected by debris, mud or floodwaters. If you must evacuate go to higher ground or to a designated evacuation center. If for any reason you cannot evacuate your home immediately go to the second floor or higher ground.
To prepare for possible flooding be sure to do the following:
After a flood, if evacuated, do not return to the area until authorities have reopened the area to residents. If you were not asked to evacuate be aware that recently flooded areas may be very hazardous and caution should be used.
The following are some things you should do after a flood:
Taking all precautions before, during and after a flood will keep you and your family safe. If your home is inhabitable contact your insurance company or Temporary Housing Directory at 800-817-3220 to arrange for temporary housing until you are able to safely return to your home.
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