Storm Preparation for Your Home
What Flood Zone You Live In?
Whether you live in North Aurora,IL or elsewhere in the country you should be prepared for a weather-related emergency. However, different kinds of storms occur in different areas which is why it’s important to know what flood zone you live in.
1. Know What Flood Zone You Live In
One of the most important things you can do to be best prepared for a storm is to know what flood zone you live in. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has identified three different types of flood zones:
- Moderate to Low Risk Areas
- High Risk Areas
- High Risk – Coastal Areas
Knowing what zone you live in will help give you an idea of how to prepare for the amount of flood water that’s expected to enter your home.
2. Sign Up for Emergency Alerts
Your local government agencies will be your best source of up-to-date information in the event of an emergency. Either the local sheriff’s office or your county will probably be your best source of information. You can choose how you get notifications, generally by a phone call or through a text. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is also a good resource for weather-related emergency alerts.
3. Keep Important Paperwork in a Water-tight Container
There’s no telling how much water damage can occur in your home if flood water finds its way inside, so you want to make sure that all your important paperwork is inside a water-tight container. Birth certificates, passports, deeds or your last will and testament are all examples of documents you want to protect from water damage.
4. Know Your Evacuation Routes
It can be difficult to think clearly in the event of an emergency. This is why you want to have as much prepared in advance as possible. If you find yourself in a flooded building surrounded by flood water you want to know the best emergency exit route before you need to use it.
If your home does get damaged in a storm you’ll want to contact a water damage repair professional as soon as possible to