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Floods

The most common natural disaster in the U.S.

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

Batteries

Batteries

Tarps

Tarps

Sandbags

Sandbags

Cots & Beds

Cots & Beds

Flood Barrier Systems

Flood Barrier Systems

Two Way Radios

Two Way Radios

Weather Radios

Weather Radios

Handheld Flashlights

Handheld Flashlights

Headlamps

Headlamps

Shovels

Weather Radios

Rainsuits

Rainsuits

Hip Boots & Waders

Hip Boots & Waders

Products For Respond and Recover

Dehumidifiers

Dehumidifiers

Portable Engine Driven Pumps

Portable Engine Driven Pumps

Suction & Discharge Hoses

Suction & Discharge Hoses

Fuel & Gas Cans

Fuel & Gas Cans

Portable & Inverter Generators

Portable & Inverter Generators

Chainsaws

Chainsaws

Disinfectants & Sanitizers

Disinfectants & Sanitizers

Mold Killers & Mildew Removers

Mold Killers & Mildew Removers

Carpet-Flood Dryers

Carpet-Flood Dryers

Cooling Fans & Air Circulators

Cooling Fans & Air Circulators

Insecticides & Repellents

Insecticides & Repellents

Traffic Cones

Traffic Cones

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.

Resources

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESS

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY PREPAREDNESS FOR BUSINESS

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLOOD SAFETY

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLOOD SAFETY

AMERICAN RED CROSS FLOOD SAFETY

AMERICAN RED CROSS FLOOD SAFETY

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CAPABILITIES GUIDE

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CAPABILITIES GUIDE