WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE A
Buy flood insurance. The law may require it, but
the laws of nature demand it.
Flooding can happen anywhere, anytime.
Everyone lives in a flood zone! The many
different flood zones throughout the United
States have different levels of risk.
Understand and know your flood zone. This
helps you understand the risk of financial loss. It
is also important information to consider when
There are other things you can do before a flood
to minimize potential loss, to your home and
ensure your family's safety, besides insuring
Document all your important possession with a
camera or video recorder. In the event your
home is flood-damaged, these documents will
help you file a full flood insurance claim.
Post emergency telephone numbers by the
Keep important documents and irreplaceable
personal objects (such as photographs) where
they won't get destroyed.
Plan and practice a flood evacuation routine
with your family.
If your dryer and washer are in the basement,
move them to a masonry or pressure-treated
lumber about 12" above the projected flood
Install backflow valves or plugs to toilets,
drains, and other sewer connections to prevent
floodwaters from entering.
Commission a licensed electrician to raise
electric components (switches, circuit breakers,
sockets and wiring) about 12" above your home's
Anchor fuel tanks. An unanchored tank in your
basement can be torn free by flood waters, and
the broken supply line can contaminate your
An unanchored tank outside can be swept
downstream, where it can damageother houses.
Place the water heater and furnace on masonry
blocks or concrete about 12" above the projected