With the chill of winter right around the corner, the threat of floods is unavoidably looming. While proper irrigation and NJ Flood Insurance policy can help to curb risk, it is still critical to heed the following advice for preparing for a flood. In doing so, you can protect your loved ones, your assets, and prevent injury.
First and foremost, never underestimate the power of a flood. Only 6 inches of water is needed to knock you over and only 2 feet of water is needed to sweep your vehicle off the road. Further, if there is a flash flood warning in your area, immediately move to higher ground. Remember, this is the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. each year, says Ready.gov, so seek higher elevation immediately.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water. Further, avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning, says the article.
Next, during a flood watch, bring in outdoor furniture and move any important documents and items to the highest floor available. Unplug electrical appliances and if instructed, turn off gas and electricity altogether.
Finally, if you are instructed to evacuate, do so immediately-it’s for your own safety. Remember that all it takes is a few inches of water to knock you down and cause injury or even death. Keep the TV or radio on to get the latest flood updates in your area.
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