Flood Watch Safety Messages

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Here are some things you can do to get ready for a flood:

 1.  Plan and practice a flood evacuation route with your family. Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to be the "family contact" in case your family is separated during a flood. Make sure everyone in your family knows the name, address, and phone number of this contact person.

 2.  Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the flood strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuate. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials.

 3.  Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where it is and how to use it.

 4.  Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12" above your home's projected flood elevation.

 5.  Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters.

 6.  For drains, toilets, and other sewer connections, install backflow valves or plugs to prevent floodwaters from entering.

 7.  Have your immunization records handy or be aware of your last tetanus shot, in case you should receive a puncture wound or a wound becomes contaminated during or after the flood.

 8.  Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills and trash cans inside or tie them down securely.

 9.  It’s always a good idea to have the following items on hand in case of emergency:

  • Several clean containers for water, large enough for a 3-5 day supply of water (about five gallons for each person).
  • A 3-5 day supply of non-perishable food and a non-electric can opener.
  • A first aid kit and manual and prescription medicines and special medical needs.
  • A battery-powered radio, flashlights, and extra batteries.

 


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