- Safeguard your possessions by creating a personal flood file containing information about all your possessions and keep it in a secure place, such as a safe deposit box or waterproof container. This file should have a copy of your insurance policies with your agents contact information, a household inventory (For insurance purposes, be sure to keep a written and visual i.e., videotaped or photographed record of all major household items and valuables, even those stored in basements, attics or garages. Create files that include serial numbers and store receipts for major appliances and electronics. Have jewelry and artwork appraised. These documents are critically important when filing insurance claims. Copies of all other critical documents, including finance records or receipts of major purchases.
- If your home has a sump pump, install a battery-operated backup.
- Clear debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Anchor any fuel tanks.
- Raise your electrical components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers, and wiring) at least 12 inches above you home's projected flood elevation.
- Place the furnace, water heater, washer, and dryer on cement blocks at least 12 inches above the projected flood elevation.
- Watertight seals can be applied to brick and block walls to protect against low-level flooding.
- Elevate or relocate your structure. Currently the Accomack Northampton Planning District Commission is working with property owners to elevate their homes. Contact them at (757) 787-2800 ext. 118 to see if you qualify for assistance.
- Get flood insurance for your structure and its contents.
- Determine the floor elevation relative to local flood
- Use flood damage-resistant building materials for all construction below the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) + 2 feet susceptible to flooding.
- Do not convert the space below BFE + 2 feet to habitable space. Use the space below BFE + 2 feet solely for parking of vehicles, building access, or storage.
- Protect against high winds by installing storm shutters and reinforcing garage doors.
- Ensure accessory buildings are properly anchored and flood proofed.
Move furniture, valuables, and important documents to a safe place.