Raise electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12 inches above the base flood elevation for your area.
Protect HVAC equipment by moving it to an upper floor or having a flood-proof wall built around it.
Direct water away from your home by having the proper grade or slope to your yard.
Secure outdoor fuel tanks to the ground with anchors.
Install sewer backflow valves to prevent return flow into the house.
Inspect your sump pump to ensure it is working properly and the battery is fully charged.
Protect your water well from contamination by having it inspected and making required improvements.
What to do Before a Flood
Be ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
Limit property damage by:
Raising furniture, electronics, and appliances off the floor.
Rolling up area rugs and moving them on a higher floor in your home if possible.
Shutting off electrical, gas, and water lines.
Keep and maintain a Go Bag—a collection of flood preparedness items you may need in the event of an evacuation—for each member of your household. Each Go Bag should be packed in a sturdy, easy-to-carry container such as a backpack or suitcase on wheels. A Go Bag may include:
Copies of your important documents in a waterproof and portable container (insurance cards, birth certificates, deeds, photo IDs, proof of address, etc.).
Emergency contact and meeting place information for your household and a small regional map.
Credit and ATM cards, and cash, especially in small denominations.
Extra set of car and house keys.
Flashlight, whistle, emergency radio, and extra batteries.
Cell phone charger(s) including one that can be used without electricity, such as a car charger, and an extra cell phone battery.
Bottled water and nonperishable food such as energy or granola bars.
Medication for at least one week and other essential personal items. Keep a list of any medications and dosages for each member of your household, or copies of all your prescription slips, as well as your doctor’s contact information.
Sturdy, comfortable shoes, lightweight rain gear, and an emergency thermal blanket.
Child care supplies or other special care items.
Personal items such as soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush, and toothpaste, etc.