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During Severe Weather Awareness Week, Prepare for a Flood


Prepare for a Flood During Severe Weather Awareness Week

Severe Weather Awareness Week in Louisiana is a good time to prepare for floods. On average, a flood-related disaster occurs once a year in Louisiana. Residents continue to recover from the major floods the state experienced in 2016. Important tips for flood preparedness are listed below:

Before a Flood

  • Document items and contents in your home in photos.

  • Place important papers and documents such as driver’s licenses, social security cards, passports, birth certificates, vehicle registration cards and insurance policies in a waterproof, portable container.

  • Consider buying flood insurance. Know your flood risk. See msc.fema.gov/portal to know the flood risk in your area and see www.floodsmart.gov for information about risk and rates.

  • Make a flood emergency plan. For tips see www.ready.gov/make-a-plan.

  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Important items include flashlights, battery-powered radios, batteries, cash and first aid supplies.

  • Should you need to get to higher ground, know where to go and how to get there.

  • In the event of an evacuation order, choose several temporary places to stay. These can include the homes of relatives and friends, a hotel or a shelter.

Prepare Your Home for Flooding

  • Bring outdoor furniture inside. Move important indoor items to the highest floor in the structure.

  • Disconnect electrical appliances. Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.

  • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.

  • Consider elevating appliances such as water heaters and electrical equipment.

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