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Flood Season is Here… Are you Ready?

Preparing for your Spring Garden Beds While flood season is normally from spring to fall, a flood can happen any time of year. Nonetheless, early spring is likely to bring floods with snow melts adding to heavy rains to overflow small waterways, so you should be prepared. When a hurricane or monsoon occurs, flash floods, a quite dangerous type of flooding, can happen. Tropical storms and hurricanes contribute to coastal flooding with storm surges. Even infrastructure failures can lead to flooding. Become familiar with your area so you know how to prepare for a flood, what triggers them locally and when they are most likely to occur. 

Why Prepare for Floods? 

Flooding is a serious problem that can become a natural disaster with high fatalities, injuries and millions in property loss. People can become trapped by debris, battered by rushing waters or even swept away. In order to avoid the worst-possible scenario for you, your family and your home, you should prepare your property and your loved ones for floods. If you know a flood is coming, you can prep your house, saving money and stress. Remember, even if floods aren't common in your area, if it rains, it can flood. 

How to Prepare for a Flood 

The most reliable way to avoid flood damages is to live away from flood-risk areas. Lower elevations and proximity to fresh water or seashore are important factors in whether a property is at risk for flood damage. However, it's not always feasible to move inland, live away from water or move to a higher elevation. In which case, elevating your belongings can go a long way. Electronics, your furnace, your water heater and the electrical panel should be as high up as possible. Use the same principle to protect your valuables and prized possessions. Bring your emergency preparedness kit, photos, jewelry, etc. to your attic before a flood hits. 

You can outfit your house with tools for reducing flood damage. Install valves that keep your drains from backing up in the event of a flood. Install a sump pump in your basement. This will pump out water if the basement starts to flood. However, these can only do so much, so big floods will call for more protection. 

Make sure your gutters are clear of debris and in working order. Gutters are one of your home's first lines of defense against heavy rain. They are designed to divert the flow of water away from the sides of your house, helping prevent rain waters from seeping in through walls and windows. Therefore, regular cleaning and inspection are crucial. 

Emergency Preparedness Kit 

Whether a flood is likely or not, your home should have an emergency preparedness kit. It should contain at the very least: several days worth of canned food, plenty of fresh water, blankets, a first-aid kit, a heavy-duty flashlight and batteries. If you get an emergency warning for your area, check that your supplies are all still fresh. Also, add all of the medications your family and pets take on a daily basis as well as some cash. If you need to leave fast, you will want it accessible. Make sure everyone in the family knows the plan in case of an emergency and where the kit is located. 

Flood Sandbags 

Emergency sandbags are one of the best ways to create a protective wall around your house in case of a flood. If you know a huge flood is coming, prepare plenty of bags for building a dike. You can build a pyramidal perimeter around your house to protect it from all sides. If the flood water is expected to come from one direction, you can lay the bags horizontally across the flow of the flood water to divert it away from your home. Sand used in flood sandbags must be disposed of properly in case of contamination, so make sure you check with your local authorities after the storm to get rid of your emergency sandbags lawfully.

Waterproofing 

There are materials you can use to seal off potential leaks within your home. You can have your basement sealed. You can make sure your roof is up to date and up to code. Keeping everything as watertight as possible can prevent the small leaks that become big problems. If water does get in the house, use sandbags to keep it from getting further. 

Use this guide to help prepare yourself for this and future flood seasons. We suggest getting prefilled or empty sandbags well ahead of any potential disaster. Having them handy will mean you don't have to worry whether they'll be sold out when a big storm hits. We carry all of your emergency sandbag needs, including filled sandbags, burlap bags, polypropylene bags and military-compliant sandbags. You'll find the product that best suits your needs in stock.

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