FEMA says before rivers rise from spring flooding, there are actions you can take to be sure water doesn’t cause problems in your home.
Rising temperatures and a warmer Gulf of Mexico could mean more moisture in the air and more weather systems like the one in Aug. 2016 that devastated parts of southern Louisiana causing millions of dollars in damage.
There are ways to protect the life you have built, and it is always a good time to prepare for disasters. Mitigation reduces a property’s risk. It allows residents to return home more quickly, with less damage, after the next storm. While it may cost more to begin with, mitigation pays off in the long run. In fact, estimates are that on average for every dollar spent on mitigation, you save six from future losses.
Some actions that you can take include elevating or flood-proof your washer, dryer, water heater and HVAC systems. You can relocate electrical outlets to three feet above the floor. And purchase flood insurance by calling your insurance company or local independent agent who can write flood insurance directly with the National Flood Insurance Program.
Visit FloodSmart.gov or call the NFIP at 877-336-2627 for more information.