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Flood Safety Tips
. Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area.
. Flooding is happening or about to happen very quickly.
is a flood that can happen within minutes or hours of heavy rainfall, a dam or levee failure, or city drains overflowing.
is a man-made structure to contain or prevent water from moving.
Turn Around, Don't Drown: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood water. The next highest percentage of flood-related deaths is due to walking into or near flood waters.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters: a mere six (6) inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult. It takes just 12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car, while two (2) feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.
If there is a chance of flash flooding, move to higher ground immediately
If stuck in your car as floodwaters rise but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground.
If there is moving water and your car is stuck in floodwaters, DO NOT leave the car. Call 9-1-1 immediately.
During heavy rainfall, avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers and creeks. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.
Turn on your TV/radio for latest weather updates and emergency instructions, Follow
What to do when a Flood Watch is issued
What you should do
Stay tuned to your TV/radio for latest updates.
Know where you will go if you have to leave quickly. You may need to head to higher ground and on foot.
Make sure your emergency preparedness kit is fully stocked and includes a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies
What to do for your home
Bring in outdoor furniture and move important indoor items to the highest possible floor. These actions may help protect them from flood damage.
Disconnect electrical appliances.
If instructed, turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve.
What to do when a Flood Warning is issued
What you should do
Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground.
Evacuate if directed.
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
What to do after a flood
Return home 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.
View more flood safety tips from the National Weather Service.
These Flood Safety Tips are provided courtesy FEMA.
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