CONCORD, N.H. -- With flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene still fresh in your mind, now is a good time to begin making your home less likely to be damaged if it is threatened by a future flood.
Here is a simple checklist of suggestions:
- Install flood vents in the foundation to allow water to flow through to reduce pressure against the foundation;
- If your basement tends to flood, limit its use to storage, not living space;
- Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up into your home;
- Elevate your furnace, hot water heater, electrical panel, even your outside air conditioner;
- Strap down all fuel tanks;
- Seal openings into the foundation, such as bulkheads, windows and exhaust vents to keep rainwater out;
- When you repair or remodel, use drywall and insulation that is mold resistant; and
- Consider elevating your home above a potential flood level.
Go to www.fema.gov/mitigation for more information.
There also are easy, inexpensive things to do:
- Make a family emergency plan – include pets in your plan;
- Build a family emergency supply kit;
- Store important papers safely; and
- Make a written inventory of major possessions and valuables. Supplement it with photos or videos, also safely stored.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards.