Floods cause more damage and death than any other extreme weather event in the U.S. They can strike just about anywhere, from coastlines to deserts; and in the case of flash floods, you only have minutes to react -- so it's crucial to prepare ahead of time.

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Planning, Preparing & Responding

Whether you are planning, preparing or responding to a flood, Fastenal has you covered.

Before the Flood

  • Elevate the furnace, water heater, electrical panel, and critical equipment.
  • Install check valves" in sewer traps to prevent flood water from backing up.
  • Construct barriers (levees, beams, floodwalls, etc.) to stop floodwater from entering your facility.
  • Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds.
  • Stock up on drinking water and other emergency supplies.

During the Flood

  • Turn off utilities at the main switches and valves.
  • Don't attempt to walk or drive through moving water. Six inches of moving water can knock you over, and two feet of moving water can carry away most vehicles.
  • Do not touch electrical equipment if wet or standing in water.
  • Monitor radio or TV for weather emergency information.

After the Flood

  • Avoid floodwater. It may be contaminated and/or electrically charged.
  • Service damaged septic tanks and other sewage systems as soon as possible.
  • Clean, disinfect, and dry everything that got wet.

Stay in Business

  • Assemble a Kit
  • Make a Plan
  • Stay Informed

Establish a safe room, escape routes and meeting places. Keep emergency phone numbers on hand and designate someone to communicate with employees, customers and suppliers.

Additional Resources

Sources: US Department of Commerce, FEMA, and the American Red Cross