Unless you are living under a rock, I bet you’ve heard we are expecting a little bit of rain over the next 4-5 days which has the potential to cause some pretty severe flooding in our area. At the Stanfield Team, we try not to succumb to the hype over the storms, but we also know that being prepared is an essential part of living in this area – our motto is “prepare for the worst, but pray for the best!”
Our clients are family to us and we want to make sure everyone stays safe with the storm approaching. Take some time and read through the FEMA tips below and make sure you are prepared and ready to “hunker down”, as they call it, for the next few days!
Know how to stay informed:
- Receiving timely information about weather conditions or other emergency events can make all the difference in knowing when to take action to be safe.
- Monitor the weather reports provided by your local news media.
- Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications.
- To find out what alerts are available in your area, do an Internet search with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”
- Consider buying a NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) All Hazards receiver, which receives broadcast alerts directly from NWS. You can purchase these at many retail outlets, such as electronics and big box stores, or online.
- Have extra batteries for battery operated radios or flashlights. ALSO, be sure to purchase a portable battery for your cell phone and have it fully charged should the electricity go out.
Know your evacuation routes; plan your transportation and place to stay. The safest way to survive a flood is to evacuate the area if advices to leave. To ensure that you will be able to act quickly should the need arise, you need to plan ahead.
- Know your community’s local flood evacuation plan and identify several escape routes for your location if roads are blocked; include plans to evacuate people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs, pets, service animals, and livestock.
- If you will evacuate by car, keep your car fueled and in good condition. Keep emergency supplies and a change of clothes in your car.
- If you need to relocate for an extended period of time, identify a place away from home now where you could go if you had to leave. Consider family or friends who live outside of the local area.
Take time now to make a like of things you would need or want to take with you if you had to leave your home quickly. Store the basic emergency supplies in a “Go Bag” or other container. Be ready to grab other essential items quickly before leaving. When making your list, consider the Five Ps of Evacuation.
If you would like more information, the following resources may be helpful.
- – AmericanRedCross,RepairingYourFloodedHome: www.redcross.org/images/MEDIA_CustomProductCatalog/m4340135_ le_ cont333_lang0_150.pdf
- – FEMA Above the Flood: Elevating Your Floodprone House: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/725
- – FEMA After a Flood: The First Steps: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3396
- – FEMA Homeowner’s Guide to Retro tting: Six Ways to Protect Your House From Flooding: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/480
- – FEMA Hurricane Sandy Issue Paper: Guidance for Turning the Power Back On: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/29788
- – FEMA Hurricane Sandy Recovery Fact Sheet #1: Cleaning Flooded Buildings: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/31368?id=7128
- – FEMA Protecting Building Utilities From Flood Damage: www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/3729
- – FloodSmart: www. oodsmart.gov/ oodsmart
- – NWS Flood Safety Awareness: www. oodsafety.noaa.gov
- – NWS Hurricane Flooding: A Deadly Inland Danger: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/InlandFlooding.pdf
- – NWS NOAA River Forecast: www.water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=bmx
- – NWS The Hidden Danger: Low Water Crossing: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/TheHiddenDangerEnglish.pdf
- – NWS Tropical Cyclone Inland Flooding: www.nws.noaa.gov/om/brochures/TropicalCycloneInlandFlooding.pdf
- – NWS Turn Around Don’t Drown®: www.nws.noaa.gov/os/water/tadd/tadd-resources.shtml#brochures
- – Ready: www.Ready.gov/ oods
- – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Disaster- Speci c Resources: Annotated Bibliography: www.samhsa.gov/dtac/dbhis/dbhis_speci c_bib.asp#disaster
- – USGS WaterAlert: http://maps.waterdata.usgs.gov/mapper/wateralert