April Showers

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In Delaware the birds are chirping, the flowers are budding, and the storms are brewing.

If you live in the area you probably already know that flooding, high winds, and power outages aren’t a rarity.

According to the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program)flooding is the #1 natural disaster in the United states. From 2008-2012 the average flood claim was nearly 42,000 dollars. So what can you do to stay safe and dry this spring?

There are many simple things you can do to prevent flooding in your home and yard. Keeping your gutters clean and making sure downspouts are a good distance away from the foundation of your house is one of them. Ideally the pipes should move the water 10 feet from your foundation to ensure that it isn’t just soaked into the houses structure. Mold from flooding can cause long term health problems for you and your family.

Many people with basements experience flooding. Most have sump pumps installed that run off of electricity. But when the sump pump is overworking, or the electricity is out, the basement can start to flood. A easy fix to this is to buy a battery operated sump pump just in case. It’s also good idea to avoid using large amounts of water while there is heavy rain.

Lastly, every house should have a emergency kit and an evacuation plan. The following is a list of what a emergency kit should include. You can also make your own using other materials to fit the needs of your family.

  • Hand crank or battery operated NOAA weather radio (usually includes a phone charger and flashlight)

  • A waterproof or heavy duty flashlight

  • First aid kit

  • 3-5 day supply of water

  • A list of emergency contacts

  • Non-perishable foods

Stay high and dry because it’s finally spring!

 

About Sophia Strickling

Sophia is writer with a taste for adventure and art. When she’s not out on the ice skating, or getting lost in music, she can be found behind a camera. Pizza, naps, rainy days, and good books are what life is all about.

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