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Flood Preparation

Even if you’ve never experienced a flood, you ought to know what to do if flood waters threaten you, your family, your home, and your community. The following tips from the National Flood Insurance Program are given as suggested guidelines. If you find yourself in a flood situation and do not know what to do, check with your local emergency managers or call 9-1-1?

 Make an itemized list of personal property, including furnishings, clothing, and valuables.

 Photographs of your home – inside and out – are helpful.

 These will assist your insurance adjuster in settling claims and will help prove uninsured losses, which are tax deductible.

LEARN THE SAFEST ROUTE FROM YOUR HOME

or place of business to high, safe ground if you should have to evacuate in a hurry.

KEEP IMPORTANT SUPPLIES

like a portable radio, emergency cooking equipment, 3-day supply of food and water, and flashlights in working order, and keep extra batteries on hand.

KEEP YOUR INSURANCE POLICIES

and a list of personal property in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box. Know the name, phone number, and location of the agent(s) who issued your policy.

PERSONS WHO LIVE IN FREQUENTLY FLOODED AREAS

should keep on hand materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber which can be used to protect property. (Remember, sandbags should not be stacked directly against the outer walls of a building, since, when wet, the bags may create added pressure on the foundation.)

IF YOU ARE A PARENT:

  • Know your local emergency phone numbers.
  • Know the emergency plans for your children’s school.
  • Prepare an evacuation plan for your family.
  • Know ahead of time where emergency evacuation centers will be located.
  • Make sure your children know their school’s and family’s emergency plans.

Winter storms are on the way. Now is the time to prepare, before the rain starts to fall. In this short, educational film, learn where to find free sandbags in Los Angeles, and how to properly fill them with sand.

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