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Flood Warnings!
If you know a water flood in imminent and under a flood warning, water is coming upon you, you can prepare quickly with the following:
  • Cut the electrical power to your house.
  • If the ground around the fuse box is wet, stand on a dry piece of wood and flip the switches using a dry wooden object.
  • Remove furniture, electrical equipment, and other items from ground level.
  • If you have pesticides, insecticides, or other poisonous substances, place them in a safe place in order to polluting the surrounding area.
  • Remove toilet bowls and plug the drains and the sewer drain in your basement with wood plugs.
  • If your gutters are connected to the house’s sewage system, disconnect them.
  • Sandbags or polyethylene barriers are a great way to prevent floodwaters from entering your home. However, before doing so, make sure to obtain all relevant safety information from local agencies.
  • Don’t attempt to cut electrical power if there is water present. If the electrical wires come into contact with water, the consequences can be lethal. Leave your house IMMEDIATELY and do NOT return until local authorities confirm that it is safe to do so.

During a Flood

  • Listen to the radio to figure out which areas have been affected, which routes are safe for you to use in case local authorities request that you evacuate your home.

  • Keep your emergency kit on hand in a duffel bag, backpack, or rolling suitcase.

If You Need To Evacuate
  • Leave your home as SOON as local authorities alert you to do so. Ignoring this advice can put you and your family in danger, as well as putting your potential rescuers in danger.
  • Bring your emergency kit.
  • Follow the routes that local authorities tell you to. Don’t take any shortcuts because you may find yourself in an obstructed or dangerous area.
  • Take necessary items for your pets.
  • If you have the time, leave a note stating the time you left and where you went. Place it in your mailbox if you have one.

Never Cross A Flood Zone

  • If you are travelling by foot, never cross a flood zone as the current may sweep you away.

  • If you are in a car, don’t drive through floodwaters or underpasses. The water can be deeper than it appears and you can be trapped in your car or swept away by the current.

  • Avoid crossing any bridges where the water is high and the current strong.

  • If you are trapped in an area where the water is rising quickly and your car stalls, ABANDON IT. Save yourself and your passengers.

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