Are You Prepared For a Flood? What To Do Before a Flood.
We know flooding has occurred in Colorado before and we know it can happen again. in fact, there have been 267 areas of Colorado that have been confirmed to be “flood-prone areas”. Did you know that our wildfires make us more susceptible to flooding?
When the weather is getting bad and you’re watching the news do you know how to differentiate between the different terminologies the news channels and radio stations use? Many do not. Here is a handy guide:
Flood Watch ─ It’s possible that there may be a flood.
Flash Flood Watch ─ Keep a close eye on the weather channel. Flash flooding is a real possibility and you may need to quickly get to higher ground.
Flood Warning ─ A flood is going to occur and you will need to stay ready to evacuate if asked to do so.
Flash Flood Warning ─ This means a flash flood is definitely coming and you need to get to higher ground.
What if a flood is going to affect your area and maybe even your home? Here are some helpful tips we hope you keep in mind to be prepared before a flood affects you.
- Make sure you have flood insurance. You may think your homeowner’s policy covers floods. You’ll want to double check that. Here’s some information you may find useful.
- Build your flood preparedness kit. You’ll need potable water, food that will last such as canned items, blankets, flashlights, a first aid kit and a radio. Try to have enough supplies in the kit to last you, your family, and your pets for 72 hours.
- Get your home in order. Do you have a sump pump? If you do, it’s a good idea to make sure that it’s in good working order. Make sure everything you want kept safe is put up in an area that won’t be affected by the rising waters. Pick up your electrical cords from off the floor and unplug everything before you leave. The last thing you want to step into is electrically charged standing water when you come back to your home.
- Stay alert to the news. If there’s any talk of flooding you’ll want your family to be safe and ready to go at a moment’s notice. Be sure to listen for any road closures so you can take an alternate route if need be.