National Flood Safety Awareness week is March 14-18. Here is a list of five items you should have on-hand to keep you and your family safe and minimize damage to your property in the event of a flood.
Flood Safety Item 1: Keep a battery-operated radio in your home so you can listen to any flood alert broadcasts. Be sure to keep plenty of batteries on-hand.
Flood Safety Item 2: Have a battery-backup sump pump installed and check it regularly for proper operation.
Flood Safety Item 3: Keep bottled water in your home. Public water sources and wells often become contaminated during a flood and clean drinking water can become scarce.
Flood Safety Item 4: Keep a supply of canned food in your home. During a flood, you and your family may not be able to leave your house for several days. Plan ahead by having plenty of non-perishable food on-hand.
Flood Safety Item 5: Keep several flashlights with extra batteries in your home in case your power goes out.