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What To Do Before and After A Flood

Floods are devastating natural disasters. The worst part of floods is the long period of time that it takes for the water to recede so recovery can begin. Floods can kill you so you have to plan to be safe.


You have plenty of warning and time before a flood hits. You have enough time to consider moving at least some things. Packing cherished possession and antiques is realistic. You may have as much as a weeks warning so contacting long distance moving services to preserve some of your life is an option.

The most important thing to remember is that you can replace things or live without them. You cannot replace people.


Before the flood

  • Get flood insurance and keep it paid up.


  • Make an emergency plan for your family including pets.


  • Have a contact person and decide where to meet if you are separated.


  • Plan to go as high as you can in your home or office.


  • Leave the area if at all possible.


  • Fill your vehicles with gas because there will not be any for a while.


  • Be certain you have the NOAA, local police, local weather, and channels for your phone so you get the latest information.


  • Move all you can to higher ground if possible. It is very important to move flammable materials and hazardous materials to prevent fire and contamination. Secure any outside possessions like boats and trash cans.


  • Prepare an emergency kit. Include money, important papers, bank books, and insurance papers. You will need medications, toiletries, clothing, a battery powered radio, flashlights, batteries, and food that does not need to be refrigerated. Pet carriers keep pets controlled and safe.


  • Turn off the electricity, water, and gas.


During the flood

  • Do not travel unless you are threatened with being drowned or swept away.


  • Monitor the news all the time and do what you are told.


  • Stay in contact with neighbors.


  • Use a flotation device if you must move. Move in groups so you can help each other. Go to high ground only.



  • Watch for emergency personnel and leave if directed to leave. Lock your home before you leave.


After the flood

  • Call your insurance company.


  • Call a moving company.


  • You are going to be faced with a long relocation after a flood. Contact family for help.


  • Return to your home when authorities tell you that it is safe to do so.


  • Salvage what you can. Try packing anything that can be salvaged. You may want to leave antiques to experts in packing and moving.


  • Take photos of all the damage that has been done for your insurance company. This will speed up your claim.


  • Report damaged utilities to your provider immediately to prevent fires and electrocution.


  • Make arrangements for repairs to the extent that you can.


Remember that all local long distance moving companies will be available to do all they can to help you recover from the flood.