Floods are striking the nation one city at a time…or shall we say MANY cities at a time. Could the St Paul area be next? In the United States, flash floods are the most common severe weather disaster. In only two feet of water, floods are able to carry objects as large as a car.
To celebrate FEMA’s National Preparedness Month (NPM), we would like to share five flood preparedness tips for you and your family.
- #1. Create a Plan – The first thing you should always do is create a family emergency plan. Review the plan with your family. To make this process easier, Paul Davis has a form you can download at the link at the bottom of this post.
- #2. Develop an Emergency Kit – Some items this should include are: a gallon of water per person, a first aid kit, battery-powered radio, signal whistle, dust masks, moist towelettes, garbage bags, pliers, and local maps.
- #3. Clean Your Gutters – Your gutters play an important role during heavy rains. Make sure they are clear of debris and drains are unclogged.
- #4. Look at Flood Maps – Know your area and secure proper insurance. It is critical to know if you are in a severe flood area. To look at flood maps in St Paul, click on the link at the bottom of the page.
- #5. Understand Flood Terms – Do you know what the difference is between a flood watch and a flood warning? When a flood watch is issued, it means that there is a chance a flood will happen in your area. A flood warning means that a flood is imminent and that you need to take action.
If a flood does occur, Paul Davis Restoration of Greater St. Paul MN is there to help. We can help you clean up your flood damage and restore your home to the way it way before. If you are in need of emergency board-ups, call 1-888-473-7669.
Get a Plan Template: http://bit.ly/1BsklQb
Local Flood Maps: https://msc.fema.gov/portal