Flood Preparation in Lee County, Alabama: Part One
Flooding can happen for a variety of reasons... whether that be rain, a storm surge, a dam that overflows, and the list could go on & on. We're going to do a three-part flood preparation series on our blog to help educate you on how to prepare now, survive during, and stay safe after. These resources are from Ready.gov.
This blog post is part one. Let's talk about how you can prepare now before a flood happens in Lee County, Alabama.
- Know your area’s type of flood risk.
- Visit FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center at https://msc.fema.gov/ portal for information.
- Sign up for your community’s warning system. The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio also provide emergency alerts.
- If flash flooding is a risk in your location, monitor potential signs such as heavy rain.
- Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
- Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Don’t forget the needs of pets. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
- Obtain flood insurance. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding. Get flood coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
- Keep important documents in
a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
- Protect your property. Move valued items to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
SERVPRO of Lee County is locally owned and operated, so we’re already close by and ready to respond immediately when you need us. We make disaster "Like it never even happened." Give us a call today at (334)-821-4858!