Flooding can cause more damage than any other weather-related event, and as a result the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) is reminding Illinois residents to take precautions before flooding strikes.

Vehicles on flooded roadsAs part of Flood Safety Awareness Week in Illinois, IEMA suggested residents:

  • Stay informed about storms by using NOAA Weather Alert Radios,
  • Talk to your insurance agent about flood insurance since flood damage isn’t covered by homeowners policies,
  • Take photos of clothing, flooring, light fixtures, appliances and other belongings that could be damaged during a flood,
  • Check to see if your sump pump is working,
  • Install a battery-operated backup for your sump pump in case of power failure,
  • Install a water alarm that lets you know if water is accumulating in your basement,
  • Clear debris from gutters and downspouts,
  • Raise water heaters, heat pumps and air conditioning units onto platforms that are at least a foot above potential flood waters,
  • Store copies of irreplaceable documents such as birth certificates, passports, deeds, in a safe, dry place,
  • Develop and review with your family an emergency evacuation plan and
  • Include your pets in your safety plan.

Flood Safety Awareness Week was part of a larger campaign by IEMA — Severe Weather Preparedness Month. For more information, go to www.Ready.Illinois.gov.