If it’s been raining for several days and flooding is imminent, you will probably be asking if you should evacuate if a flood warning is given. Neptune Flood wants you to become aware of what your options are, should this troublesome event occur. Whether to leave or stay is best learned through knowing some simple facts.
Shelter in Place
If you live in a sound structure, not a mobile home or RV, and are outside an evacuation area, stay at home. There are some simple things you can do to prepare for the storm or flooding.
Before the Flood:
- Be alert
- Have a family disaster plan
- Be prepared to evacuate
- Assemble disaster supplies and pet needs
- Assemble medications
- Move valuables to a higher level
- Make sure drains are cleared
- Keep important papers in a waterproof container
- Buy extra batteries and have cell phones charged
- Learn about evacuation routes
- Do not drive through flooded waters
You can find out more about your flood risk by going to the FEMA service center page. You might also sign up for your community alert system; the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio will give emergency alerts.
Determine the best way to protect your family. If you receive a flood warning:
- Stay where you are
- Move to a higher floor
- Evacuate if told to do so
If you are told to leave, don’t panic. Move at a steady pace to ensure you get to where you need to be during the flooding. If an evacuation order is given, do not take chances by staying home until it may be too late. Do the following:
- Make sure that your destination is not one that is in an evacuation zone
- Take enough supplies for the family
- Take your pets and supplies for them
- Take important papers, insurance policies and agent’s name, special medical information
- Take photos or irreplaceable items
- Let friends and family know where you are going
- Check on neighbors to make sure they have a safe ride
- Lock doors and windows
- Turn off electricity, water, and gas if told to do so
Leaving a Coastal Area
You may only need to go “tens of miles, not hundreds of miles” to escape the storm surge. Roads may be congested, so avoiding the highway is probably the best bet if you are leaving. Remember to bring supplies with you. If you are planning on staying in a hotel or motel, make sure that it is not in a flood zone!
It is hoped that you have previously chosen a safe location to go to during flooding. If you have to leave, do so immediately and do not drive around barricades. Do not swim or walk through flooded waters. The saying is, “Turn Around. Don’t Drown!”
If you become trapped in your vehicle in flooded waters, go to the roof if water is entering the interior.
Learn more about what you can do during a flood warning at the government website. Regardless of whether you stay or leave during a flood, a major point is to make sure that you have flood insurance before the disaster occurs. If you do have to leave your home in the event of flooding, you can have peace-of-mind, knowing that your home is covered. Neptune Flood can help you with affordable coverage that is backed by one of the largest insurance markets in the world. Using the latest technology, Neptune Flood brings the cost of flood insurance down to help every American homeowner.