OKLAHOMA – For many Oklahomans, thoughts of spring and early summer are coupled with preparations for the chance of severe weather. All forms of severe weather should be taken very seriously but may require different precautions to keep your family and property safe. The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is offering tips for minimizing the effects of springtime flooding.
“Everyone’s situation is unique, and there are no one-size- fits-all ways to prepare for severe weather or flooding situations,” said Gary Buckner, executive vice president and general manager of Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies. “The important thing is to keep safety your top priority. It’s also a good idea to set yourself up for success that minimizes risk to your home and property.”
The following are tips for Oklahomans to keep close at hand during times of flooding risk:
Give water somewhere to go. Having an avenue that gives water an escape route away from your home can be a big help. Ensure you have sufficient guttering and that it’s clean for water to flow freely. If possible, adjust any landscaping that may force water onto your foundation. If flooding is significant and consistent over time, consider a French drain or pump system that actively removes water away from your home.
Maintain a strong foundation. Water getting under your house or in foundations can cause costly damage. Examine and patch any holes or cracks in slab foundations by consulting with a professional or by seeking guidance at your local home improvement store for the best solution to fit your situation. Protect your appliances. Air conditioners, generators, fuel tanks and similar items often reside outdoors. Although they’re often made to withstand the elements, they’re not usually made for standing water and can flood out. Raise these items on a platform and secure them to offer extra safety and protection.
Stay safe. Stay aware of weather conditions by seeking the most recent information on local TV, radio or Internet sites. Avoid flooded areas. If you have advance warning the area around your home may flood, remove your family to somewhere safe. If possible, be prepared with essentials like identification, medications and your insurance agent’s contact information.
About Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies
Since 1946, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Companies have worked to maintain their position as the leading Oklahoma-based insurance company for Oklahomans from all walks of life. The company protects Oklahomans in all 77 counties from the risks they face every day, and because each agent lives and works in Oklahoma, they are present when needed most. Oklahoma Farm Bureau is committed to helping the more than 140,000 member families to ensure Oklahoma’s financial strength today and in the future.
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