Tips for flood preparation
Planning is a vital part of fighting a ﬂood.
“Knowing what to do will help keep you and your family from panicking and having to make last-minute decisions,” says Ken Hellevang, NDSU Extension agricultural engineer and ﬂooding expert.
Here are some tips to help you be prepared in case flooding occurs in your area:
- Check with local ofﬁcials for information on the risk of ﬂooding, listen to the radio, watch TV or visit your city or county’s website for the latest ﬂood information.
- Make sure your sump pump is operating properly.
- Move snow away from the house to limit the potential for seepage into the basement. Also, move snow away from the foundations of other buildings.
- Get downspouts in place so they carry melting snow away from your house.
- Build a dike around your home or other structure if ﬂooding is expected or obtain supplies to build a dike.
- Keep water out of window wells. Build dams and contour the ground so water drains away from the house.
- Gather water, food that doesn’t need cooking or refrigeration, a nonelectric can opener, battery-powered radio and ﬂashlights and extra batteries in case you lose electrical power.
- Verify that your tetanus vaccination is up-to-date.
More flood information can be found here.