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Flood safety tips for your home & loved ones

Source: The American Red Cross

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Learn how to keep your family safe during a flood, and how to clean up a flooded home. The American Red Cross recommends the following preparation and safety tips for floods.

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Flooding often occurs following a hurricane, thawing snow, or several days of sustained rain. Flash floods occur suddenly, due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area. Learn what to do to keep your loved ones safe!

Know the Difference between a Flood & Flash Flood Watch!

  • A flood/flash flood WATCH means a flood or flash flood is possible.
  • A flood/flash flood WARNING means flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon. TAKE IMMEDIATE PRECAUTIONS!

Right Before a Flood

  • Listen to local area radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest information and updates.
  • Be prepared to evacuate quickly and know your routes and destinations. Find a local emergency shelter.

  • Check your emergency kit and replenish any items missing or in short supply, especially medications or other medical supplies. Keep it nearby.

During a Flood

  • Turn off the power and water mains if instructed to do so by local authorities.

  • Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe.

  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or contain dangerous insects or animals.

  • Continue listening to local area radio, NOAA radio, or TV stations for the latest information and updates.

  • Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.

  • Dispose of any food that comes into contact with floodwater.

Fulcro Insurance and the American Red Cross have teamed up to shift the balance in favor of our clients by helping them prevent risks, as well as assist communities when situations of risk or disasters occur. For more information, contact

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