5 Essential Flood Safety Tips For Your Family

flood dangerFlood safety can be an issue no matter where you live. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, no geographic locale in the U.S. is totally immune to flooding from some source. In an average year, about 85 people are killed by floods in the U.S. However, “average” can be misleading: over twice that many (175) died in 2015.

The basics of flood safety sound simple: Go away when you’re told to leave and stay away until it’s safe to come home. However, a number of measures need to be taken while you’re home, when you leave and after you return.

1. Get Ready

If the potential for flooding exists, stay alert by monitoring TV and radio broadcasts. Prepare for  evacuation and inform all family members. Decide what to do about pets. Move valuables including furniture and electronics to a higher level in the house if possible. Disconnect electrical appliances.

2. Evacuate Promptly

If told to evacuate, do so without delay. Stay on recommended routes and don’t deviate to observe the flood.  If rising water stalls your car, abandon the vehicle immediately and climb to higher ground. Water less than a foot deep can sweep you off your feet so don’t wade into moving water. Avoid active disaster areas where rescue or emergency crews are working.

3. After The Flood Is Over

Don’t return home until you are given an all-clear. If the house is flooded, don’t enter it until electricity has been shut off—preferably by a qualified electrician removing the meter. Shut off natural gas at the meter valve.

4. Safety At Home

Be aware of hazards posed by contaminated floodwater. Avoid contact with bare skin, eyes and by inhalation. Stay out of rooms with sagging ceilings or bulging, drooping walls. Structure could collapse at any time.

5. In The Aftermath

Toxic mold growth in the house is a frequent after-effect of indoor flooding. Mold may cause illness and allergic reactions if not appropriately treated by qualified personnel. Report any symptoms to your physician.

 

Tags: , , ,

Return to the Blog Home Page