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Kathy Lane
Communications Director
(630) 775-2307
Flood Awareness Week

Flooding is the most common disaster in the United States. It can occur anywhere, and every flood is different. For example, some floods develop during an extended period of rain or after a heavy snowstorm. Others, including flash floods, can occur quickly at any time – even without a rainstorm. Preparing for flooding at home and at work is extremely important, especially if you are in a low-lying area or near a body of water. 

Family Preparedness
To prepare your family for a flood, begin by creating an emergency supply kit. Always consider fresh water, nonperishable food, clean air and warmth when putting together your kit. It is important to store enough food and water to sustain your family for at least 72 hours.

When a disaster strikes, family members may not be in the same location. It is important to plan in advance by developing a family communication plan. Your plan should include:

  • How family members will contact each other
  • A designated meeting place to reunite
  • What your family will do in different situations

Sometimes it can be difficult to make local calls during an emergency. Out-of-state calls may be easier to make. So consider appointing an out-of-town emergency contact so separated family members can communicate. Be sure every member of your family knows the appropriate phone numbers and has a cell phone or prepaid phone card, and make sure family members are aware that text messages can sometimes transmit during network disruptions when a phone call might not get through.

Home and Community Preparedness
Familiarize yourself with the emergency plans used at places where your family spends time, such as work, day care and school. If no plan currently exists, consider volunteering to help create one.
Identify the flood risk hazard in your community. Find the FEMA flood hazard map for your area to protect your property. Talk to your homeowners insurance representative and make sure your house is covered in the event of a flood. Prepare your home by elevating the furnace, water heater and electric panels. Also, know how to safely shut off these utilities. 
Business Preparedness
Having an emergency plan in place allows your organization to return to business quickly after a flood. Start planning by:
  • Developing a readiness assessment
  • Identifying the basic components of an emergency plan
  • Completing an emergency plan
  • Implementing emergency training and drills
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