Flooding occurs just about everywhere in the United States. Some simple precautions can save you major headaches should the water start to rise.
- Get the lay of the land
Visit ﬂoodsmart.gov  to inform yourself about risks such as ﬂoodplains and erosion.
- Have a game plan
Pick a place to meet if your family gets split up. Keep extra water, canned food, and batteries. Learn how to shut off your home’s gas and electricity.
- Raise ’em up
Keep electronics off basement ﬂoors and elevate your furnace. Keep rain gutters clean.
- Don’t drive
Nearly half of ﬂood-related deaths occur in vehicles. Evacuate if ordered to do so; otherwise stay put.
- Cover up
If you live in an area where the water sometimes rises, ﬂood insurance can be a wise investment.
To learn about flood insurance through AAA, visit AAA.com/insurance .
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This article was first published in March 2011. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.