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Emergency Preparedness | Flood

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

Tarps

Sandbags

Cots & Beds

Flood Barrier Systems

Two Way Radios

Weather Radios

Handheld Flashlights

Headlamps

Shovels

Rainsuits

Hip Boots & Waders

Products For

Respond and Recover

Dehumidifiers

Portable Engine Driven Pumps

Suction & Discharge Hoses

Fuel & Gas Cans

Portable & Inverter Generators

Chainsaws

Disinfectants & Sanitizers

Mold Killers & Mildew Removers

Carpet-Flood Dryers

Cooling Fans & Air Circulators

Insecticides & Repellents

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

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FLOOD SAFETY

AMERICAN RED CROSS FLOOD SAFETY

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CAPABILITIES GUIDE