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Posted on: May 14, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Flood Prevention and Storm Preparedness Tips

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The Longview Fire Department would like to offer some flood prevention and storm preparedness tips for the public. Check your disaster supplies and replace or restock as needed. Bring in anything that can be picked up by the wind (bicycles, lawn furniture).

Prepare your household to remain safe (battery powered lamps, no candles) and functional (fully charged cell phone, manual garage door operation) in the event of a storm related power outage. Turn off propane tanks and unplug small appliances. Turn the refrigerator and freezer to the coldest setting and keep them closed as much as possible so that food will last longer if the power goes out. Identify and collect important documents that you may require in case of evacuation.

Contact your insurance agent to assure that your flood and storm coverage is adequate and in effect. Confirm the 24-hour contact, policy and claim filing numbers for your insurer(s). Place that information in your cell phone and keep a printed copy in the glove box of your car. Review your Family Emergency Plan and prepare an Emergency Supply Kit that includes food, water, medications, flashlight, battery-powered radio, rain gear and first aid supplies. Plan for the needs of pets at home and if you are evacuated. Consider the safety of those with disabilities or access and functional needs. Check your car’s wipers, lights, tire inflation and tread wear to assure safe operation, and keep your vehicle fueled in case power is cutoff to local fueling stations. Learn about our community’s hurricane response plan.

Establish out-of-state family contacts so that friends and relatives can determine your location and status. Keep sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, lumber, hand tools and other materials handy for addressing additional stormwater issues.

HELPFUL LINKS:
https://www.swepco.com/outages/
https://www.swepco.com/outages/
http://www.ready.gov/family-communications
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/preparedness/plansunit.htm
http://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs
http://www.ready.gov/caring-animals
http://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan
http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
https://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/
http://www.iii.org/article/insurance-company-claims-filing-telephone-numbers
http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/1414082095043-be9af9c879906bce1d8e0e6852ebf739/2522_FEMA_EFFAK_v12_Forms_508v3.pdf

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