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 flooding emergency.
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Products For Prepare
Cots & Beds
Flood Barrier Systems
Two Way Radios
Hip Boots & Waders
Products For Respond and Recover
Portable Engine Driven Pumps
Suction & Discharge Hoses
Fuel & Gas Cans
Portable & Inverter Generators
Disinfectants & Sanitizers
Mold Killers & Mildew Removers
Cooling Fans & Air Circulators
Insecticides & Repellents
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.
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESS
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLOOD SAFETY
AMERICAN RED CROSS FLOOD SAFETY
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CAPABILITIES GUIDE