We have seen a lot of rain over the past couple of days in Central Indiana, and the forecast shows now signs of slowing down with 6 of the next 10 days predicted to have more thunderstorms.
Below are some tips, as recommended by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, as well as FEMA on what to do before, during and after a flood.
During a Flood:
- Get to higher ground.
- Evacuate your house if flooding is possible.
- Know your town and make sure you know alternate escape routes in case one is blocked.
- Take pets with you if you evacuate. However, many shelters usually do NOT allow pets inside due to sanitary conditions so plan accordingly.
- Do NOT try and drive through water. As little as 2 feet can cause most cars to float, and as little as a few inches of moving water can wash most cars away with the current.
- Do NOT try to cross moving water on foot. As little as a few inches can knock you off your feet.
- Watch TV or listen to the radio to find out what actions to take next.
FEMA’s Flood Map Service Center
The FEMA Flood Map Service Center (MSC) is the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of other flood hazard products, and take advantage of tools for better understanding flood risk.
Determine Your Home’s Risk of Flood
Residents of High-Risk Areas
Homes and buildings in high-risk flood areas with mortgages from federally regulated or insured lenders are required to have flood insurance. These areas have a 1% or greater chance of flooding in any given year, which is equivalent to a 26% chance of flooding during a 30-year mortgage.
Residents of Moderate-to-Low Risk Areas
Homes and businesses located in moderate-to-low risk areas that have mortgages from federally regulated or insured lenders are typically not required to have flood insurance. However, flood insurance is highly recommended because anyone can be financially vulnerable to floods.
If You Have Standing Water Inside Your Home
The quicker you remove the water, the more minimal the damage. Contact a professional water damage restoration company, like ReNew Services Group. We have been helping homeowners in Central Indiana deal with water damage loss and working with all of the major insurance companies for well over a decade. We are available 24/7 to assist in emergency cleanup: 317-577-7868