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Preparing for a Flood During the Spring Thaw

It has been another snowy winter for the books, but as drifts get higher, we all know that the season is coming to an end pretty soon. Earlier this month, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early Spring, with the melt happening less than five weeks from now.

Even if you don’t live on a floodplain, rising water levels are a concern, not even accounting for the bad storms that usually come with Spring. The best way to keep your worries at bay is to thoroughly prepare for the possibility of flooding. It’s a great feeling to know that you’ve done everything you can to keep yourself and your family safe. Here are some tips to get you started on preparing for a flood with the season’s change looming over us.

Make a Prep Kit

This may be an obvious first step, but make sure to take time to acquire some essentials needed in case of a disastrous flood. Account for yourself and other loved ones you live with. Come up with a safe place to store these items so you can easily access them in an emergency.

The Department of Homeland Security has a hefty list of tips on their page, but here are some that we deem absolutely necessary:

  • Gallon jugs of water, enough for 3 days
  • 3-day supply of non-perishable food
  • Hand Crank radio (battery powered)
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Cash
  • Sleeping bag and blankets
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Wrench
  • Backup cell phone battery

Communicate a Plan

We’ve all seen reports of entire neighborhoods or even cities getting hit with floodwater. Though this disaster can be wildly unpredictable, it’s still of the utmost importance to set a disaster plan in place with your family or loved ones. Get together and think of all the eventualities wherein you may lose communication because of your home being compromised. For instance, perhaps someone will not have their cell phone with them when they are caught off guard, and it may be lost in the rising water level.

Ask yourselves:

  • In the event of a flood, will I be able to receive government warnings and alerts?
  • Where should we seek shelter?
  • What is the safest route we can take to shelter?
  • How will we get in touch if we lose lines of communication?

Once a plan is set in place, commit to it and run drills with your family.

Prepare Your Home

Even if flooding is not likely in your area, take some precautions around your property to ensure it can withstand oncoming waters. Here are some examples of steps you can take:

  • If possible, elevate your water heater.
  • Hire a professional to look at your plumbing and install check valves, which will block water from coming into your home through your pipes.
  • Seal up any cracks in your home’s foundation.
  • If your house has a sump pump, be sure that it has a backup source of power.

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