This plan includes hundreds of strategies to reduce flood risk in the Calumet Corridor; however, no set of measures can completely eliminate the chance of flooding. Homeowners should take steps to prepare so that in the event of a big storm, they are well-equipped to respond and recover.
Preparing for Storms
Before the Storm
- Elevate your appliances with bricks. This includes your furnace, water heater, washer, and dryer.
- Move valuables and keepsakes to upper floors.
During the Storm
- If flood waters are nearing electrical outlets, carefully turn off the main electrical switch. Exercise extreme caution: be sure to stand on a dry, non-conductive surface.
- Be alert for gas leaks. If flood waters reach the pilot light in your water heater or furnace, gas may be leaking into the property. Turn off supply to these units, if possible, and do not use any open flames in the area.
After the Storm
- Exercise extreme caution when stepping into a flooded basement. Currents in a flooded basement can cause electrocution.
- Document the extent of flooding: take photos; record the time, date, and depth of water; take photos; list any items damaged and their estimated value. Even if you are uninsured, this information can ensure eligibility for public disaster funds, if they become available.
- Report flooding to your local public works department and your insurer (where relevant).
There are several insurance options available to protect your home from water-related problems: home insurance policies, homeowner riders, and the National Flood Insurance Program. However, no single policy covers every type of flooding. Carefully review your policy before signing up to make sure you understand the terms. There is no flood insurance available to cover foundation seepage.
Download a RainReady fact sheet for more information about reducing your flood risk at home.
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