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A flood WATCH means a flood is possible in your area. A flood WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
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HEALTH & SAFETY

Flood Safety

Reduce Potential Flood Damage By--
  • Raising your furnace, water heater, and electric panel if they are in areas of your home that may be flooded.
     
  • Consult with a professional for further information if this and other damage reduction measures can be taken.

Floods Can Take Several Hours to Days to Develop

  • A flood WATCH means a flood is possible in your area.
     
  • A flood WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

When a Flood WATCH Is Issued . . .

  • Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
     
  • Fill your car's gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued.
     
  • Be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate.

When a Flood WARNING Is Issued . . .

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
     
  • Or if you think it has already started, evacuate immediately. You may have only seconds to escape. Act quickly!
     
  • Move to higher ground away from rivers, streams, creeks, and storm drains. Do not drive around barricades . . . they are there for your safety.
     
  • If your car stalls in rapidly rising waters, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.

Repairing Your Flooded Home...

  • Take care of yourself and your family first.
     
  • Make sure it is safe to go back home and check your home before you go in by turning off the gas and electricity.
     
  • Hose the house and its contents.  The mud left behind by floodwater contains most of the health hazards you will face.  It is very important to get rid of this mud as soon as possible.
     
  • Call your insurance agent.
     
  • List the damage and takes pictures or videos.
     
  • Dry out your home.
     
  • Sort contents and discard debris
     
  • Rebuild and flood proof


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Assemble a disaster   supplies kit that has:    

First aid kit and essential medications.

Canned food and can opener.

At least three gallons of water per person

Protective clothing, rainwear, and bedding or sleeping bags.

Battery-powered radio, flashlight, and extra batteries.

Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members.

Written instructions for how to turn off electricity, gas and water if authorities advise you to do so. (Remember, you'll need a professional to turn them back on.)

Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . . a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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