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Flood Safety

A flood is a natural disaster that can happen quickly, cause devastating loss of property and life, and is the number one cause of weather related deaths. Awareness and being prepared for the threat and reality of a flood can help save property and lives.

FAST FACTS

  • 6 inches of water can knock an adult off their feet. 2 feet of water can sweep a SUV away.
  • Flash Flood: A sudden and violent rising of waters that can occur in minutes or escalate over several hours. It may even in occur in areas not receiving rainfall due to breeches in infrastructure or from other natural disasters.
  • Flood Watch: Be Aware! The conditions in your area are right for flooding to occur.
  • Flood Warning: Take Action! The weather conditions are dangerous and severe weather is currently occurring in your area.   

PLAN

  • Know your area’s flood risk.
  • Have a waterproof emergency kit prepared with essentials. Items to include: water, non-perishable food, cash and other payment forms, a flashlight with extra batteries, multipurpose tool, first aid kit, and important documents such as birth certificates, social security cards, and licenses.
  • If you live in a flood-prone area take extra preventative measures.
    • Flood insurance is not typically included in homeowner’s insurance policies.
    • Have two or more evacuation routes planned out.

RESPOND

  • Stay informed through news reports from reliable news sources, like The National Weather Service.
  • Get to higher ground.
  • Do not touch electrical appliances if flood waters enter your home. Get out or go to higher ground, whichever is safest.
  • Evacuate if directed, even if the conditions do not appear dire. Lock your doors and disconnect electricity (if safe to do so) before evacuating.
  • Avoid walking in, driving through or attempting to cross flood waters.
    • It is difficult to be certain of the depth, currents, debris or if there is electricity in the water.
    • If your car becomes surrounded by water, do not attempt to drive it out of the flood. Evacuate your car and get to a safe place as quickly as possible.

RECOVER

  • Continue to monitor weather reports for important information such as when the community’s water is useable and when it is safe to return home.
  • Avoid floodwater; it may contain toxins, chemicals, gasoline, debris, sewage, snakes, carrion, and other hazardous materials.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be unseen damage to the infrastructure.
  • Avoid major disaster areas unless you are called upon to help.  
  • If your home has been flooded, heavily clean and disinfect anything that was touched by floodwater.
  • Contact the American Red Cross for a cleanup kit, emotional support, and further instructions as to how to record damage, check your appliances for leaks and damage and manage recover efforts.

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