Failing to follow flood warnings and watches can result in injury and death.  Flooding is one of the most common types of natural disasters and their effects can be quick and dangerous.  There are steps that must be taken to ensure safety during flooding.

Indoor Safety

  • Continue to listen to warnings and current information through EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Be ready to turn off utilities if instructed to do so.
  • Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or other dangers like insects or animals.
  • Dispose of any food that comes in contact with flood water.
  • Boil tap water until water sources have been declared safe.
  • Don’t use gas or electrical appliances that have been flooded.
  • If time permits, move furniture and other items to upper floors.
  • If trapped in a building, move to the highest level. Never climb into a closed attic.  Go to the roof if necessary and signal for help.

Outdoor Safety

  • When under a flood warning, seek safe shelter right away. If you have pre-determined a safe location to meet with your family, make your way to that spot if safe to do so.
  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Never drive around barricades. These will be used to safely direct traffic away from flooded areas.
  • Stay tuned for warnings and current information through EAS, NOAA Weather Radio, or local alerting systems.
  • Never walk, swim, or drive through flood water. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
  • Stay off bridges or over fast-moving water.
  • Avoid downed power lines.
  • If your vehicle is trapped in moving water, stay inside. Move to the roof if water levels rise.
  • If trapped in a building, move to the highest level. Never climb into a closed attic.  Go to the roof if necessary and signal for help.
  • Don’t allow children to play in or near flood water.
  • Avoid contact with floodwater. It may be contaminated with sewage or other dangers like insects or animals.

Flooding can occur anywhere, anytime.  Knowing what to do to prepare and survive these natural disasters is important for every family regardless of where you live.

 

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Additional References & Resources:

https://www.ready.gov/floods

https://www.moreprepared.com/preparing-for-floods

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood.html

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