Houston’s forecast for this weekend holds a flash flood warning, and after May’s unprecedented flooding, you know to take the warning seriously.
Richmonds Air encourages all of our customers to stay safe during flash flooding, so here are a few tips from FEMA to prepare yourself and your home for the potential of flash flooding.
Remember that you, your family and your neighbors come first. With this in mind, prepare an emergency kit to sustain you for at least 72 hours in case you have to evacuate your home. This plan/kit should include what’s known as the 5 Ps:
- People: Have a plan for how to communicate your safety with other family members. Also think of what to do with your pets if you have them. If you must evacuate, check to make sure neighbors have a way out.
- Prescriptions: Bring any necessary medicine as well as medical equipment you may need.
- Papers: Don’t forget important legal documents like social security cards, as well external hard drives.
- Personal Needs: Gather such items as clothes, phones, cash, food and water.
- Priceless Items: Obviously, you’ll only be able to take so much, so try to gather just what you can.
You should also have a backup NOAA approved emergency radio to stay informed about weather updates and you should never try to drive through flood waters, no matter how shallow they look!
Once you’re prepared in case you and your family have to leave, think about preparing your house for potential flooding by:
- Making sure downspouts are clear and directed away from your house
- Elevating furniture
- In the case of evacuation, turn off the electricity, gas and water to your home.
While damage might occur to your home during a flash flood, including to your HVAC system, it’s damage that Richmonds can help take care of after the storm abates, whether you live in Bellaire or Katy. Remember your safety is first and foremost!
Stay safe (and dry) out there.