How to Prepare For a House Flood

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Southern California has near perfect weather. With an average of 265 days of sunshine, it’s hard to imagine flooding. However, it does happen. Plus, California has a rainy season, which is in full swing from October to March. Even though droughts have plagued the region for the last several years, this occurrence only places the area for greater risk. If you live in an area known for flooding, have a plan. It’s the best protection you can have for your family and your home. Take a look at these emergency recommendations. Even though you may never fully be prepared for a natural disaster, it’s comforting to know that you have a plan in place.

Understand Your Risks

In order to prepare properly, you should first know your risks. If you’re home is situated in a flood plane, have a good idea on how often the area floods. Ask neighbors about recent floods if you’re new to the area. If you’re outside of the flood plane, but close enough to be uncomfortable, consider flood insurance. Most homeowners insurance policies don’t cover floods. Check your policy and find out exactly what is covered for natural disasters. Also, store digital copies of your homeowners plan online by using cloud storage, or print hard copies and locate them in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box.


It’s good to keep in mind that natural disasters never happen on schedule. Flooding doesn’t have a set appointment. In fact, chances are little-to-none of you being at home during an occurrence. Layout a plan to communicate. Create the family phone tree and have a meeting point planned out in case cellular communications aren’t working properly. Make certain that your meeting point is easily accessible and centrally located within a flood free zone.

Emergency Kits

It sounds simple enough—have an emergency kit. Nevertheless, people go years without a spare battery or even a flashlight. In fact, you should have two emergency kits ready at all times. Have one placed inside your home—preferably in a place easy to access. Your other kit should be located in your car. Include water, batteries, flashlight, spare mobile charger, blanket, and even cash. Update your kit often and have it placed in easy, accessible storage that you can take with you—think backpack.

Overall, your family’s safety is the utmost importance. Once you have your plan, review once per year.

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