What To Do In A Flood – A Checklist For Your Emergency Kit!

emeergency kitKnowing what to do in a flood is vital information wherever you live. Floods are the number one natural disaster in the U.S. Yet, fully 25% of flood insurance claims originate outside areas officially designated as high-risk zones on flood maps. Moreover, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), no-risk zones don’t exist: Some flood potential is always present, no matter where you may live.

Professional advice for what to do in a flood stresses advance preparation. Flooding is frequently not a predictable phenomenon that offers extensive early warning to get ready. Assembling an emergency kit now, before a crisis looms, ensures you’ll be prepared when the time comes and ready to focus on other important matters. Here’s a checklist of things to include in a flood emergency kit.

  • Three-day supply of water and food. Figure one gallon of water per person per day. Food should be non-perishable suitable for long storage. Remember never to use charcoal as a cooking fuel inside the house due to danger of deadly carbon monoxide fumes emitted by burning charcoal.
  • Disposable plates and cups as well as eating utensils.
  • A radio that can be powered by hand crank. Models that also incorporate a flashlight and cell phone charger are particularly useful.
  • Flashlights (one for each person) and extra batteries. Check the expiration date on the batteries and replace them in storage when they expire.
  • A first-aid kit appropriate to the number of persons in the household and any special needs such as specific medications. Also include implements like tweezers and scissors.
  • Personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes and tooth paste, toilet papers and towelettes.
  • Matches in a sealed waterproof packet.
  • Coins and cash in smaller denominations. ATMs may be non-functional following a flood and merchants may also be unable to take larger bills. Also have photocopies of ID cards for every adult in the house.
  • Extra house keys. Sleeping accommodations such as sleeping bags and/or blankets appropriate to local weather.

For more advice about what to do in a flood as well as professional recovery services in the aftermath, contact Rytech, Inc.


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