Preparedness is the single most important step in keeping your family and your home safe in the event of a flood. Being prepared greatly reduces the impact a flood event will have on you and give you peace of mind that should a flood occur you are ready.
Get Safe, Stay Safe
There are so many things we get tied up in every day, but when a crisis comes – very little matters except the safety of yourself and your family. That said, there are a few things you can do to prepare for a situation that may upset your life. Start now, do a little at a time and in a matter of weeks you will be as prepared as you can be with the accompanying peace of mind that will make your life so much better.
Put together a 72 hour emergency kit that fits in a backpack. Keep it in your car or somewhere that you can quickly and easily grab as you head out of the house to a safer location should you be forced to evacuate.
Move your priceless treasures out of the basement and off the floor of lower levels, and put them in the attic in sealed waterproof containers.
Create an inventory of the valuables in your home.
Make copies of your important papers including insurance papers, banking information, passports, etc. and keep them in a secure location like a safe deposit box in a bank. Several other things can be stored there too like extra cash, an extra copy of house and car keys, land or home deeds, birth certificates, etc.
Taking pictures of your items and gathering/copying or scanning receipts for items as you buy them can help to prove ownership and value. Keep your photos, receipts and your inventory in a safe place such as a fire proof safe, on a remote computer or anywhere else that they cannot be destroyed.