According to the Red Cross, floods are the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Heavy steady rain, or flash floods are a possibility in many Texas regions. Hawk Security is here to help with 24/7 flood monitoring, but there are several precautionary steps you can take to prepare for a flood in your home.:
Identify Your Risk – Although flooding can occur almost anywhere, identify if you need to be especially prepared by determining if your home is in a flood or land slide zone.
Evacuation Plan – Most flood related deaths and injuries occur due to individuals being trapped in flood waters. If possible, evacuating the premises before the flood begins is the best course of action. In the event you cannot evacuate preemptively, determine an emergency plan for your family and make sure each person is aware of the plan before flooding occurs.
Personal Preparation – Always keep 3 days-worth of food and water on hand. 1 gallon, per person, per day is the rule of thumb. Food should be non-perishable and easy to prepare. Stock your first aid kit and keep necessary toiletries and medications stocked for at least 3 days, if not more.
Prep Your Home – Insure that your sump pump is working properly. Install and test your backup battery. Clear out gutters and downspouts. Elevate important valuables and documents. Install flood monitors to detect water 24/7.
Document Valuables – For insurance reasons, it is recommended to photograph and document valuables. Take note of serial numbers, have jewelry appraised, and keep receipts for major appliances.
Flooding can occur at any location, at any time. A simple water leak, appliance malfunction or weather event can possibly impact your home. In addition to monitoring your home with flood alert devices, we recommend preparing for a possible flood by implementing these steps to keep your home and family safe.