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FLOOD PREPARENESS
. Be aware of flood hazard no matter where you live, but especially if you live in a low-lying area, near water or downstream from a dam.
. Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry steambeds, or low-lying grounds that appear harmless in dry weather can flood. Every state is at risk from this hazard.

What Would You Do : During a Flood ? 
To prepare for a flood, you should:

1 Listen to the radio or television or your Emergency Alerting Station for information.
2 Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
3 Adhere to any emergency orders of authorities
4 Be aware of streams, drainage channels and other areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds or heavy rain.
 

If you must prepare to evacuate, you should do the following:

1 If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
2 Evacuation is much simpler and safer before flood waters become too deep for ordinary vehicles to drive through.
3 Turn off all electric circuits at the fuse panel, gas and propane service at the meter or main entry, and water at the main valve, then LEAVE immediately.
4 Follow recommended evacuation routes—shortcuts may be blocked.
5 Leave early enough to avoid being marooned by flooded roads.
6 If you come to a flooded area, turn around and go another way.
7 Do not drive through water or around barriers.
8 A small car can be swept away in as little as one foot of water. Two feet of water will take away almost any other vehicle.
9 A person can be knocked down by as little as six inches of rushing water.
10 If you car stalls, abandon it immediately and move to higher ground.
 

Don't During Evacuation

 

Do not walk through moving water. 

Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you..

Do not drive into flooded areas. 

If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle can be quickly swept away.

 

If You Have Time, Here Are Some Other Things You Can Do to Minimize Flood Damage to Your Home:

1 Raising your furnace, water heater, and electrical panel if they are in parts of your home that could be flooded.
2 Move or raise to a higher level the supplies and equipment that will be needed for cleanup such as mops, hoses, gloves, boots, detergents, lubricants, etc.
3 Confine or secure your pets.

 

 

 

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