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Prepare for Flooding

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), flooding has caused more damage in the U.S. than any other severe, weather-related event. FEMA records show that over the past 10 years, the average claim due to flood damage amounted to over $33,000. Are you prepared for a flood emergency? Learn more.

• Communicate and test a comprehensive emergency plan with your staff
• Elevate power components if susceptible to flooding
• Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent backup
• Construct barriers to prevent floodwater from entering
• Seal walls with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage
• Do not enter the facility if you smell gas or if flood water still surrounds the building
• If you have any doubts about safety, do not enter until the facility is inspected
by a qualified building inspector or structural engineer
• Before you enter your facility or building, walk carefully around the outside and
look around for loose power lines or structural damage
• Keep a battery-powered radio with you so you can listen for news updates
• Do not return to the flood zone until local officials declare the area safe
• Buildings often sustain hidden damage in foundations; enter with extreme caution
• Listen for emergency information on a battery-operated radio or television
• Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits and leaching systems as soon
as possible
• Avoid floodwater: it may contain oil, gasoline, or raw sewage
• Floodwater also may be electrically charged
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