For more information about Barnstable County’s flood preparedness programs head to: https://www.capecodextension.org/coastalprocesses/
Much of Cape Cod is located within flood zones. This is due to it being surrounded by water as well as having low ground surface levels. Because Cape Cod is so vulnerable to floods it is important to understand how to prepare and act during and after a flood. Hurricanes, storm surge, and flash flood all occur on Cape Cod.
Preparing for a Flood: Situational awareness is key in many emergencies. Most homeowners are aware if they are located in flood zones thanks to their insurance. If you are unsure of your proximity you can check this map to see if you are located in a hurricane evacuation zone or contact your insurance provider today. Use FEMA’s Flood Map to enter your own address and view it’s proximity to flood zones and assess your own flood risk.
Be sure your family, school, business, and pets each have plans in place to implement in the case of a flood. Make sure that your plan incorporates a safe place to go in the case of a storm as well as a route to get there considering the fact that there are only two bridges off Cape Cod. Because of the lack of exits, it is usually recommended that people shelter in place or shelter with others at safe houses further from the water on Cape Cod.
Use the FEMA App to prepare for all disasters including floods.
During a Flood: While a flood warning is in effect, it is essential to follow your flood plan and not react impulsively. Remain in an elevated dry safe place for the entirety of the flood. If possible, do not attempt to walk or drive during a flood. If you must walk make sure the water level is less than 6 inches and if you must drive make sure it is less than 2 feet. Follow these basic tips and be sure to wash yourself if you come into contact with flood water as it could be contaminated.
After a Flood: Once the flood has passed it is important to resolve any issues as quickly and efficiently as possible. Do not attempt to move or return home until the roads have been declared safe by the authorities. Continue to boil drinking water before consumption until the authorities declare it safe. Document and photograph any flood damage and contact your insurance provider.
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