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Flood Tips for Oregon and Washington

In a rainy state like Oregon, floods are a real concern. Do you have the knowledge necessary to withstand a flood?

John's Waterproofing Co is here to help with these flood control tips.

General Tips

  • DO NOT drive in flooded areas. Did you know that most flood-related deaths happen in cars? If you're driving and see a flooded area, head the other way.

Before a Flood

  • Organize an evacuation and communication plan with your family. Important things to know are if any major bodies of water are nearby or if you're in a flood zone.
  • Have an emergency kit stashed in an easy to find spot. Make sure everyone in your family can access it.
  • Have flood insurance.
  • Get flood vents for your home.
  • If you're in a known flood zone, have your furnace, water heater, and major electrical appliances up high.
  • Always keep essentials and valuables close by and on an upper floor.
  • Sandbags are a great way to halt or reduce flood water.
  • Waterproof your basement or crawlspace. A well-maintained sump pump or drain also helps.

During a Flood

  • Move to higher ground.
  • Make sure to turn off all utilities and disconnect electrical appliances. DO NOT touch them if you're wet.
  • Don't walk or drive through moving water. If you have no other choice, use a long stick to keep you balanced and stable.
  • Two mobile apps are invaluable for help: GEONEWS gives out weather updates, alerts, and allows you to communicate with friends and family. It can send your coordinates as well. FEMA provides disaster tips and weather alerts.

After a Flood

  • Only go home after you're told you can.
  • Keep an eye out for floating debris or damaged roads.
  • Take photos of any damage to your home.
  • Contact a disaster restoration company to help with cleanup and water dispersal.

Prevent a flood from ruining your home. Call John's Waterproofing Co for flood control services that can help prevent damage to your home in Portland, Eugene, Beaverton, and Salem, OR, or Vancouver, WA. Reach us at 1-800-810-5883.