Flood Safety Precautions
As many of you may know, our TrueNorth office was impacted by a flood in 2008. A photo of our former Cedar Rapids office can be seen taking on water during the flood that is often referred to "Iowa's Katrina" and has since been listed as one of the top 10 natural disasters in the nation.
You can access more information on how to effectively prepare for a flood here.
Steps to prevent and manage disaster due to flooding.
According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), floods are one of the most common disasters in the United States. It's important to be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam. Even small streams, culverts or dry stream beds that appear harmless in dry weather can flood.
- Visit the www.fema.gov website for flood risk information in your area.
- If it has been raining hard for several hours or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.
When a Flood Watch is Issued
- Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
- Fill your car's gas tank in case an evacuation notice is issued.
- Gather emergency supplies, including food and water.
- Tune your radio to weather updates, disaster directions, and signals.
- If you must evacuate, take only essential items with you.
- Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades; they are placed there for your safety.
After a Flood
- Throw away food that is not safe to eat and use bottled water until the local authorities have determined that tap water is safe for drinking and cooking.
- Avoid floodwaters and protect yourself from mosquitoes to avoid contracting any diseases.
- Stay away from damaged buildings and structures.
- Do not touch fallen power lines or turn on your power until instructed by a qualified electrician.
- Wear protective clothing when handling hazardous materials or cleaning up mold.
- Clean up flood damage promptly.
How TrueNorth Can Help
Our committed team of insurance staff can help you and your family recover in the wake of a natural disaster by providing you with support and comprehensive insurance and financial solutions that will assist and protect both your family and business.
Visit www.iTrueNorth.com or call (319) 739-1277 for an insurance quote to help safeguard the things that matter most to you.
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