Consider buying flood insurance if you do not already have it. You can take simple steps to protect your possessions by storing important papers, photographs or valuables in watertight containers, placed on a high shelf. In addition, there may be some improvements that you can make to protect your house or business from flooding. For more information, call our hotline at 512-974-2843 or send an email.
If flooding is imminent and you have time, the following steps can limit damages:
- Turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation appears necessary.
- Move valuables, such as papers, furs, jewelry, and clothing to upper floors or higher elevations.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks, and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sanitize the sinks and tubs first by using bleach and rinsing.
- Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills, and trash cans inside, or tie them down securely.
Download these FEMA publications to find out more about protecting your property:
- Protecting Manufactured Homes from Floods and Other Hazards
- Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting: Six Ways to Protect Your Home from Flooding
- Engineering Principles and Practices for Retrofitting Flood-Prone Residential Structures
- Above the Flood: Elevating your Floodprone House
- Protecting Building Utilities from Flood Damage