Prepare for flooding by doing the following:
− Know how to shut off the electricity and gas to your house when a flood comes.
− Make a list of emergency numbers and identify a safe place to go.
− Make a household inventory, especially of basement contents.
− Put insurance policies, valuable papers, medicine, etc., in a safe place.
− Collect and put cleaning supplies, camera, waterproof boots, etc., in a handy place.
− Develop a disaster response plan. See the Red Cross website at www.redcross.org for information about preparing your home and family for a disaster.
− Get a copy of Repairing Your Flooded Home. It can be found on the Red Cross website.
Consider some permanent flood protection measures.
− Mark your fuse or breaker box to show the circuits to the floodable areas. Turning off the power to the basement before a flood can reduce property damage and save lives.
− Consider elevating your house above flood levels.
− Check your building for water entry points, such as basement windows, the basement stairwell, doors, and dryer vents. These can be protected with low walls or temporary shields.
− Install a floor drain plug, standpipe, overhead sewer, or sewer backup valve to prevent sewer backup flooding.
− More information can be found at FEMAs website, www.ready.gov/floods.
− Note that some flood protection measures may need a building permit and others may not be safe for your type of building, so be sure to talk to the Building Department.
For Flood Warning Alerts, please sign-up to the Code Red system at: www.hopkinsvilleky.us/residents/emergency_alert_system/index.php