How to prepare for flooding

Flooding is the most common disaster in the world. Flooding accounts for 43% of all recorded events. Not only is it the most frequent calamity, but it is also the most costly natural disaster. Frequent severe weather can cause flooding that threatens people and property. Not only high-risk flood areas are at risk. About 25% of flood insurance claims come from moderate to low-risk areas. In the past 20 years, flooding is by far the most common natural disaster.

You may think that you will never experience a flood, but even deserts get flash floods. Your risk for a flood depends on where you live. It is always better to prepare for any emergency or disaster, including floods. Half of all deaths during a flood are vehicle-related.

FEMA outlines the steps you should take to prepare for a flood.

What to do to prepare for a flood

  • Sign up for local emergency alerts - The warning system saves lives.

  • Know your flood risk. Look up your address in the Flood Map Service Center to learn if you live, work, or travel in areas that are prone to flooding.

  • Get flood insurance. Most homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage.

  • Teach the whole family what to do during a flood to keep them safe and discuss what each person should do if you must evacuate according to their ability

  • Make a flood emergency plan and be aware of local emergency plans.

  • Practice the emergency plan so the whole family is prepared and feel empowered

  • Prepare a grab and go disaster supply kit for your home.

  • Plan where family members should meet and how to get to higher ground as well as where to go for emergency shelter

  • Take a household inventory and build or restock your emergency preparedness kits for each person.

  • Seal basement walls and seal vents to prevent water seepage

  • Store important documents in waterproof containers and keep a copy in the cloud

Here are steps to take if you are aware that flooding is imminent: