Tips to protect yourself and home during the Las Vegas monsoon

Monsoons can bring strong thunderstorms and flooding to the Las Vegas valley in the summer. How can you protect yourself?

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If you are in a vehicle:

  • Don't drive through flooded road or around barricades
  • As little as six inches of fast moving water can sweep a vehicle off the roadway
  • If you get stuck in a car, it may be safer to stay in the vehicle
  • Be cautious at night as flooding can be hard to spot

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For your home:

  • Have an emergency kit ready in case power goes out, including water, food, first aid kit and battery-operated radio
  • Get sandbags if you live in a flood-prone area
  • Put items above flood line in home 
  • Most homeowner's insurance policies do not cover flood damage
  • Flood insurance takes 30 days to take effect after you buy it 

MonsoonSafety.org gives more details on how to be safe in a monsoon.

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