National Preparedness Month 2015: Flood Safety

FloodingWhat to do (and NOT do) during a flood

Basic Safety Tips

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown!®
    • Do not attempt to walk or drive through flood waters.
    • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. Don’t risk it..it’s not worth it.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the United States.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
  • Notice of a “Flood Watch” should prompt you to be aware because conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.
    • Should you be in an area that is under a “flood watch,” take note of the following steps:
      • Turn on your TV or radio so you will receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
      • Know where to go. You may need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.
      • Build or restock your emergency kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
      • Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. This will help protect them from flood damage.
      • Disconnect electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water. You could be electrocuted.
      • If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve. This helps prevent fires and explosions.
  • Notice of a “Flood Warning” is an immediate prompt for you to take action because flooding is either happening or will happen shortly.
    • Steps to Take if faced with a flood warning:
      • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
      • Evacuate if directed.
      • Turn Around, Don’t Drown!® Do not attempt to walk or drive through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. Don’t risk it..it’s not worth it.

 

After a flood

  • You may return home, but only when authorities say it is safe.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.
  • Do not attempt to drive through areas that are still flooded.
  • Avoid standing water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Photograph damage to your property for insurance purposes.

 

When it is not flooding: Make a flood plan

  • Know the risk of flooding in your area.
  • Make a flood emergency plan.
  • Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
  • Consider buying flood insurance.
  • Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground, the highest level of a building, or to evacuate.
  • Stay tuned to your phone alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

 

These tips provided by Ready.gov.

 


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