Here are some safety tips to help you prepare before, during, and after a flood.
Before a Flood
Pack a bag with essential items in case you need to evacuate.
If advised, evacuate your home immediately.
If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.
During a Flood
Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground.
Do not touch electrical equipment.
After a Flood
Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
Avoid moving water.
Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
We know there may not always be ample time to prepare for emergency disasters. It is important to use common sense and follow safety procedures when dealing with a critical situation. Make sure your homeowners, business, and car insurance is up to date for adequate protection.
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