Floods are among Earth’s most common, and most destructive, natural hazards.
Here are some safety tips on what to do once a flood has begun.
Before a Flood
- Avoid building in a floodplain.
- Construct barriers to stop water from entering your home.
- Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
- If a flood is heading your way, listen to the radio and/or television for information.
- Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning means flooding is or will occur soon.
Now when a Flood Is Imminent
Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don’t forget to include needed medications.
- If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
- If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
- If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move items to an upper floor.
- Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves
During a Flood
- Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches can make you fall.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.
After a Flood
- Listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
- Avoid floodwaters; Water can be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
- Avoid moving water.
- Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
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