With rain season here, we offer some tips to help in case of flooding:
When a Flood is Imminent
· Be prepared! 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 essential items to an upper floor.
· Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.
During a Flood
· Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
· If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, 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.
· 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 may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
· Avoid moving water.
· Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
· Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
· Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
· Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
· Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
· Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.