It may surprise you that floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. This is followed by tornadoes and fires. Based on the frequency of Presidential Declarations, floods and severe storms account for more than 50% of the disasters in all subregions of the United States. In other words, no region in the U.S. is exempt from flooding.
According to FEMA the following are the most frequent causes of flooding:
- Tropical Storms & Hurricanes
- Spring Thaws
- Heavy Rain
- Fire-Stricken Hills (combined with moderate rain)
- Levees & Dams
- Flash Floods
- New Urban Developments (combined with moderate rain)
So what can you do to prepare for a flood?
- Get an Emergency Kit
Make sure you have the basics in a ready-to-go kit.
- Make a Plan
Consider evacuation routes and an appropriate meeting place for your loved ones.
- Stay Informed
Learn about your local warning systems and pay closer attention to the news during severe storms. See your current flood risk right now!
As with all disasters…they’re unpredictable. Planning in advance can do wonders for your comfort and stress levels before, during, and after an emergency.