Flood Safety Tips
• Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ® • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. • 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 US. • 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. Flood Watch Flood Watch= “Be Aware.” Conditions are right for flooding to occur in your area. Steps to Take • Turn on your TV/radio. 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 preparedness kit. Include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. Prepare Your Home • 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. Flood Warning = "Take Action!" Flooding is either happening or will happen shortly. Steps to Take • Move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground. • Evacuate if directed. • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown! Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away. After the 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.