Building an Ark? -- Flood Insurance Part 3 By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 2/5/2015 According to FEMA, floods are the most common disaster in the United States. Purchasing flood insurance is the best way to protect your home from this peril. However, here are some other great tips from FEMA that will help you prepare your home for a flood. Clear debris from gutters and downspouts Install a water alarm in the basement Elevate the furnace, water heater, washer and dryer at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation Move furniture, valuables and important documents to a safer place Need more help? Check out floodsmart.gov Thanks for reading. What preventions do you take to avoid flood waters?