If the tragic flooding in Whatcom county has showed us anything, it’s that disaster and tragedy can strike in an instant. Even in the South Sound, flooding can occur. Are you and your family prepared?

The Red Cross how several flood safety tips for preparing for a flood

Have a plan

The first thing the Red Cross suggest is that you and your family discuss what to do if a flood warning or flood watch notification is issued. Knowing where to go, what to do, and what to expect can help keep everyone calm and feel more prepared if a flood does happen.

Stay informed

If you’re in an are where flooding is common or where a warning has been issued, it’s important to have access to minute-by-minute updates. The Red Cross suggest having access to updates through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). You can find radio stations online, or download the NOAA app through the Apple Store or Google Play. 

hand-crank or battery-powered radios are also avaliable through the Red Cross Store. 

Consider Flood Insurance

If you’re located in a floodplain, it may be a good idea to consider flood insurance. Flood insurance typically isn’t included in standard insurance plans, but can be added on for those who are deemed at-risk for flooding. You can check with your city or county’s planning department to review the FEMA’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps. 

Ask Locals

If you’re new to an area, talk to your neighbors and long-term locals to learn about any flood patterns for the area and get information on how best to prepare. 

Track Local Weather Patterns

Another flood safety tip is to keep up with local weather patterns and phenomenons. This is the second year in a row that the Pacific Northwest has been hit with La Niña. Weather events like La Niña can significantly increase the chances of flooding. Staying informed on weather patterns and news can give you the time to prepare in case a flood or heavy rainfall does happen.

Home Improvement for Flood Protection

If you live in a floodplain there are several steps you can take to help keep your home safe from flood damage. 

  • Consider elevating and reinforcing your home to help prevent damage. 
  • Seal and reinforce basement walls with waterproofing solutions to keep basements from flooding. 
  • Invest in corks and stoppers to plug basins and tubs. 

If your home or business in the South Sound has sustained flooding and water damage, call MaxCARE 24/7 to help. Our trained technicians will get you the help you need and work to restore your home to pre-flood condition. 

We offer 24-hour emergency services, water damage and extraction services, and deodorization. 

If you’ve been affected by the flooding in Whatcom County, you can find community resources here.