Maybe you’re the homeowner that couldn’t resist building that beautiful house next to the lake, river or ocean. Maybe you’re the unlucky suburban homeowner whose neighborhood is shaped like a big bowl or maybe you’re not the homeowner with the house on a hill, but the one with the house at the bottom of a hill. Whichever category you fall in, the risk of flooding is real. Here are some safety tips to practice before a flood begins.

1. Create barriers. 

Construct barriers like levees, beams or floodwalls around your property to stop floodwater from entering your home.

2. Seal your walls. 

Patch up all walls with waterproofing material to stop water from entering your home. Think of repairing your rain gutters, windows, door seals and roof shingles to avoid damage from rain and rising water.

3. Assemble an emergency kit. 

When disaster happens you are going to need some essentials to survive. Be sure to pack a bag that has water, non-perishable food, flashlights, firstaid supplies, medications, cell phones, cash…etc. Check out the full emergency list that the American Red Cross suggests.

4. Create an evacuation plan.

It is important to create an evacuation plan for your family and pets in advance that responds to the types of natural disasters that are most likely to occur in your area.

5. Know how to use the Safe and Well website.

Before a natural disaster it is important to prepare for the worst but hope for the best. The Safe and Well website allows you to notify your loved ones that you are safe from tragedy if in the event you get separated.

6. Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. 

A flood watch means flooding is possible in your area. A flood warning means flooding is imminent or will occur soon.

7. Get flood insurance.

Just a few inches of water can cause thousands of dollars in damages. Check with your insurance company to see if flooding is covered on your policy or call one of our Germania Agents. Don’t wait until it’s too late.