Water, Water, Everywhere – Part 2
Post by: Chris Hall
In last week’s post we covered the steps to take before a flood. In this week’s post we will talk about what to do during a flood to stay safe and secure to ride out the storm.
During a flood
Turn Around, Don’t Drown !
- As little as 6 inches of moving water can float a full-size vehicle.
- There will be holes and hazards below water level that you can’t see.
- You could get hit by an object as it’s swept away.
- Don’t drive or walk in a flooded area.
Don’t walk on seawalls, riverbanks or across river bridges
- They can collapse due to currents
- You could be hit by debris or waves
Avoid any form of direct contact with flood water
- It may be contaminated with sewage or toxic chemicals
Stay away from power lines and electrical wires
- They could collapse into the water and kill you
Pay attention to flood warnings and updates
- Check weather reports regularly.
- Monitor TV, Radio, NOAA Weather Radio, and Social Media
Put your flood plan into practice
- Move pets, vehicles, valuables and other items to safety WELL in advance of any neighborhood threat.
- Warn and check on the safety of neighbors, particularly if they are elderly or infirm.
- Charge mobile phones.
- Keep your household emergency kit with you
- Be prepared to turn off your gas and electricity and unplug electrical items. Move them upstairs if you have one.
- Fill the bath, sinks and clean soda/pop bottles with clean tap water and keep bottled water handy.
- Do as much as you can during daylight; power outages are likely and hazards are more difficult to see at night.
- EVACUATE if and when requested by authorities