Tuesday, August 20, 2013

How To Prepare for Flood

Floods can develop over a period of days, giving you adequate time to prepare; however, flash floods can develop
in a matter of minutes.

Determine whether your home or work place is in a predetermined flood plain.

Stay informed and know flood terminology:
Flood Watch—Flooding is possible. Stay tuned to radio or TV for more information.
Flash Flood Watch—Flash flooding is possible. Stay tuned to radio or TV for more
information. Be prepared to move to higher ground.
Flood Warning—Flooding is currently occurring or will occur soon. Listen for further
instructions. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash Flood Warning—Flash flooding is currently occurring or will occur soon. Seek higher
ground on foot immediately.

• Get an emergency supply kit, and store it where it can be accessed by all family members.
  • 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.
  • Identification, such as a passport, driver's license, etc.
  • Special items for infants, elderly, or disabled family members, such as diapers, toys, etc.

• Know your installation’s plan, and develop an evacuation procedure as a family.

• Develop a communication plan in case you are not together during evacuation.

• Identify where you can go if you need to reach higher ground quickly and on foot.

• Keep enough fuel in your car’s tank to evacuate. Expect a high volume of slow traffic.

Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places, such as a friend's home in another town, a motel, or a shelter. Make sure everyone in the family knows where each place is located and how to get there.

  • Call your local Red Cross chapter, emergency management office, or planning and zoning department.
  • If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information.

Reduce potential flood damage.
  • Raise your furnace, water heater and electric panel to a higher level if they are in areas of your home that could flood.
  • Move valuables to higher points in your home.

Keep safe everyone!

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