Flood Preparation is Far Less Costly Than Flood Repair

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Release date: 
October 4, 2011
Release Number: 
4026-027

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.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
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