It’s important to be prepared for flooding
no matter where you live, but particularly if you are in a low lying area near water
or downstream from a dam. Even a small stream or dry creek bed can overflow and create flooding.
So here are a few tips to help you prepare. First of all, know your area’s flood risk
and consider flood insurance. Visit
www.floodsmart.gov or call
1-800-427-2419 For information on the national flood insurance
program. Then make an itemized list of personal property
including furnishings, clothing, and valuables. Also fill out a household emergency plan with
important emergency contacts for you and your family. You can find a template on our website
phila.gov/ready Prepare a go bag of emergency supplies that
you can grab in case you need to evacuate. A list of go bag supplies can also be found
on our website. phila.gov/ready
Learn the safest route from your home or place of business to safe high ground in case you
have to evacuate. This should also be a part of your household emergency plan.
If you live in a flood susceptible area, keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic
sheeting, and lumber on hand to help protect your home.
Lastly, sign up for Ready Notify PA, the regions emergency text and email alert system and
find out first when an emergency happens in Philadelphia. You can sign up by logging on
www.readynotifypa.org or by texting PHILA to 411-911
The alerts are free, but standard text messaging rates may apply.
For information on safety during a flood, cleaning up after a flood, or preparing for
any type of emergency, visit the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management at
www.phila.gov/ready You can also follow Phila OEM on Twitter,
Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, MySpace, YouTube, and our blog on Blogspot.
Until next time, I’m Noelle Foizen Volunteer Management Coordinator for the Philadelphia
Office of Emergency Management, reminding you to be ready.