National Preparedness Month – Week 1 – Floods By Atlantic/Smith, Cropper & Deeley 8/26/2015 September is National Preparedness Month. What can we do as an insurance agent help you prepare for a disaster? This month we will review four different disasters and the recommendations from the Federal Emergency Management Association and for this great information. www.ready.gov is full of great information to help you prepare for a flood. Week #1 - Floods Before Build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. If feasible, construct barriers to stop floodwater from entering the building and seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds. Floods can happen anywhere and you can purchase insurance to protect against this peril. Please note that flood insurance takes thirty days to go in to effect and you cannot purchase this immediately before a storm. During Listen to authorities and safety officials. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Help your family move important items to an upper floor. Do not walk or drive through moving water. Even 6” of water can make you fall. After · Stay away from flood water. It could be contaminated, meaning contain dangerous substances. · Stay away from moving water. It can knock you off your feet. · Stay out of the way of emergency workers so they can do their job easily. Thanks for Reading. What are you doing to be prepared?