Flood Safety Tips | Flood Emergency Preparedness

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Did you know that floods are the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S.? In fact, as many people die from floods per year as the amounts from lightning, hurricanes, and tornadoes combined.

Floods may stem from a rainstorm that directly passes over the area, or could be the result of a coastal storm, such as a hurricane, that spreads inward. Flash flooding especially hits hard and fast, catching many by surprise, and if your area is particularly prone to these natural disasters, it’s best to prepare with the following tips:

Before the Storm

So you’re ready in the event of a flood, have all of the following prepared:

  1. Know the elevation of your property. This fact ultimately determines your home’s flood risk.
  2. Have two evacuation routes planned in advance
  3. If your area is flood prone, make sure you have sandbags, plywood, lumber, plastic sheeting, trash bags, shovels, work boots, and gloves ready.
  4. Get the latest updates from the TV and radio. Listen in for the progress of the storm, and if you need to make it to higher ground.
  5. Speaking of higher ground, know where it is in relation to your home, and how to get there by foot.
  6. As you prepare to leave, make sure you have a basic survival kit to take with you, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, all medications, eyeglasses, drinking water, non-perishable foods, clothing, credit cards, and copies of important documents.
  7. In your home, move all furniture and important items to highest floor to avoid flood damage.
  8. Disconnect all appliances and electrical equipment before a storm is expected to hit.
  9. Turn off gas and electricity to prevent explosions
 

During the Storm

As a storm is going on, or as waters have started to rise, be alert to all of these factors:

  • If there’s a flash flood warning, move as soon as you can to higher ground without the use of a vehicle.
  • Never walk or drive directly through water. Believe it or not, six inches of water can knock down a person, while two feet can sweep a vehicle away.
  • If you’re driving and water starts to rise around your car, get out and move to higher ground.
  • Avoid streams, rivers, and creeks, as these areas as the first to flood and will do so quickly.
 

After the Storm

Once the storm has passed, only return home when you’re told it’s safe enough to do so. As you’re coming back, be sure to watch out for debris and erosion, especially on the roads. Additionally, areas may still be flooded, and as standing water could have an electrical charge, it’s best to avoid any puddles.

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