Flood: Be prepared, be safe

Education & Training with Realty Group Referrals 16766

Flood: Be prepared, be safe

By George Vassilas, CPCU,  State Farm®

People have said it couldn't happen to them. People have said it wouldn't happen in their area.

But it can and it does. And when a flood occurs in the community, anyone can suffer the devastation of a loss -lost property, lost irreplaceable items and, unfortunately, sometimes lost lives.

Protect your home:

Many times, protecting your valuables and other possessions against flood may be overlooked because most homeowners policies do not cover loss caused by floods.

Flood insurance can be purchased from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), which is administered by the Federal Insurance Administration (FIA) which is a branch of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). You should talk to your insurance agent to see if he or she can sell and service flood insurance through the NFIP in your community.

A flood insurance policy usually takes 30 days to go into effect, so don't wait until a flood is imminent before purchasing your policy.

Protect yourself:

Remember that your dwelling, furnishings and possessions can be covered by flood insurance, but your life can never be replaced. Take into consideration these safety tips if your community is subject to flooding:

. Listen to the radio or television for emergency information and evacuate immediately if your local officials tell you to do so.

. Never walk or drive through rushing flood waters. Even six inches of moving water is dangerous.

. Avoid floodwaters, storm drains and sewers. Move to higher ground.

. Watch out for snakes and small animals that may seek shelter in your home.

. Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires.

. Never enter buildings surrounded by flood waters.

A flood can happen in any community so it is important to have flood insurance and know how to stay safe during a flood. Talk to your agent for more information.

Posted by

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy Kelley and Associates


Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
RE/MAX Active Rain Bloggers
Most Active ActiveRain Blogging Agents
Maryland Real Estate and Mortgage Group
Young at Heart
real estate sales
remax realty group
be safe
roy kelley
flood be prepared

Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Ellen Crawford
RE/MAX Paramount Properties - Alpharetta, GA
Alpharetta Real Estate Agents & Alpharetta REALTOR

This is very wise to post.  Many areas could have low rainfall for years, and still be prone to flooding and flash floods especially with all the development that goes no in our area.

Nov 13, 2009 12:41 PM #1
Post a Comment
Spam prevention
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Roy Kelley

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs
Ask me a question
Spam prevention