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Flood Safety

FLOOD SAFETY

Flash floods are the #1 weather-related killer in the U.S.  Nearly half of flash flood deaths are auto related.  Know beforehand if your area is a flood risk.  Always listen to the television and radio for the latest information and instructions for your area.

HERE ARE FEW DEFINITIONS YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT FLOODS:

  • A FLASH FLOOD WATCH means a flood is possible for your area.
  • A FLASH FLOOD WARNING means flooding is taking place in your area or will soon.

BEFORE A FLOOD:

  • Have a disaster plan.
  • Prepare a disaster supplies kit for your home and car.  Include a first aid kit, canned food, can opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas and water.

DURING A FLOOD:

  • Move to a safe area quickly.
  • Move to higher ground, like the highest floor of your home.
  • Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding like low spots and canyons.
  • Avoid already flooded areas.  If a flowing stream of water is above your ankles stop, turn around and go the other way.
  • DO NOT attempt to drive through a flooded road.  The depth of the water is not obvious and the road may be washed away.
  • If your car stalls, leave it and seek higher ground.  Rapidly rising water may engulf the car, pick it up and sweep it away.
  • Kids should never play around high water, storm drains or viaducts.
  • Be cautious at night, because it's harder to see flood dangers.
  • If told to evacuate, DO SO IMMEDIATELY.

AFTER THE FLOOD:

  • Boil drinking water.
  • Electrical equipment should be checked and dried before used.
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