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THE ULTIMATE FLOOD SURVIVAL GUIDE
THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS BEING OVERLY PREPARED FOR WISCONSIN WEATHER
A History of Wisconsin Flood Weather
Though Wisconsin doesn’t have mountainous valleys or steep hills, it has a rich history of extreme flooding. Surface run-off and lake/river overflow are the two bigger threats; destroying homes, businesses, and agricultural properties.
In summer, heavy rain can lead to flash floods. Wisconsin winters can cause flooding as snow and ice thaws. If the ground is frozen, the water cannot be absorbed and leads to flooding. This deadly combination urges Wisconsinites to prepare for future downpours, and it all starts with our Ultimate Flood Survival Guide.
BEFORE THE FLOOD
Gather the following items for your very own emergency kit:
- Bottled water
- Non-perishable food
- Basic hygiene products
- Battery-powered radio or cell phone with battery charger
- All-purpose knife/tool
- First Aid kit
- Copies of important documents
- Blanket, towels, or extra clothes
- Floatation device
WHEN THE FLOODING STARTS
2. Prepare Your Home
If you are forced to evacuate your home and still have some time, take a few steps to minimize damage to your home and belongings. If the floodwaters are approaching quickly, do NOT try to save your possessions. Focus on getting your family out first.
Shut off all electronics and unplug all cords. Depending on the severity of the situation, emergency services may recommend you turn off all electricity, water, and gas before leaving. To protect your belongings, move them to the highest floor in your house and move outdoor furniture inside. Paint cans and oil containers should be moved to upper floors as well to prevent them getting into the water.
Take photos of your home and vehicles, along with any expensive or valuable items. These can be used for insurance purposes after the flood is over.