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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.
Download this checklist to make sure you have the products and resources that can help keep people and property safe in a flood emergency.
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Respond and Recover
TIPS TO PREPARE
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
TIPS TO RESPOND AND RECOVER
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
Remember, floodwater may be electrically charged