Flood Safety: How to Keep Your Pets and Family Safe in a Flood

Because flooding is the number one cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S., a few flood safety tips are good advice at any time of year. Flooding may occur in the form of flash floods that happen with little or no warning or as a result of tropical storms or hurricanes preceded by days of official updates and alerts. Once rising water looms, however, flood safety steps to keep your family and pets safe are the same whether the flood is a surprise or an expected event.

  • When weather conditions that might trigger flooding occur, stay informed. Keep a radio tuned to a local station for flood alerts. If you live in an area designated as a floodplain, a NOAA Weather Radio that broadcasts up-to-date weather and flood warnings continuously is a good investment.
  • As the risk of flooding mounts, begin preparations now. Get family members together and gather valuable irreplaceable documents if you have time.
  • All pets should have an enclosed pet carrier for use in an evacuation. Dogs too large for a carrier should have collars on and leashes to keep them under control.
  • Obey evacuation orders. If you’re told to leave your home, turn off all electricity at the circuit breaker panel, and turn off the main gas valve, too, if you’re able. Leave quickly and go to the evacuation area you are directed to.
  • Don’t attempt to walk through flood waters. Fast-moving water only six inches deep carries enough velocity to knock an adult down.
  • More than half of flood-related drownings happen in a vehicle. Don’t drive through flooded roadways or fast-moving water. Stop. Turn around and drive toward higher ground elsewhere.
  • Avoid contact with flood water. It may contain biohazards like raw sewage or other toxic substances. Keep pets away from the water, too.
  • Don’t return to your home until you are advised by authorities that it is safe to do so.

For more information about effective flood safety, contact the water damage professionals at Rytech, Inc.

Tags: , ,

Return to the Blog Home Page