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Create a Family Disaster Plan with your family. It is important to review the plan often so that all family members, including children, understand it and know what to do in case of a flood.
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Floods/Flash Floods

 

Action Plan
Before a Flood
  • Learn about your community's flood risk.
    • How often does flooding occur?
    • How far above flood stage is your community located?
  • Create a Family Disaster Plan with your family. It is important to review the plan often so that all family members, including children, understand it and know what to do in case of a flood.
  • Help your family to develop a family evacuation plan.
    • Make sure all family members know where to go if they have to evacuate.
    • Have more than one route of evacuation in case one route is blocked.
  • Put together a disaster supplies kit for your home and a smaller one for your car.
  • Learn about your community's flood plan and the disaster plan at your workplace and your child's school.
  • Understand the warnings and watches issued by the National Weather Service regarding floods. Warnings and watches are issued for a particular area so it is important to know the name of your county or parish.
    • A flood watch is issued when flooding is possible.
    • A flash flood watch is issued when flash flooding is possible.
    • A flood warning is issued when flooding is imminent or has been reported.
    • A flash flood warning is issued when a flash flood is imminent or has been reported.
  • Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially near the bedrooms. Test the smoke alarms at least once a month and change the batteries at least once a year.
  • Determine the items that will need to be moved inside in case of a flood.
  • Inventory the items in your home for insurance purposes.
When a Flood or Flash Flood Warning Is Issued 
 
Listen for updated information and instructions on a NOAA Weather Radio or battery-powered radio or television.
  • If you think you are at risk, move to higher ground.
  • Stay away from low-lying areas that are at risk of flooding.
  • Stay away from flooded areas. Do not attempt to walk, swim or drive across flooded areas.
  • If you are driving during a flood:
    • Avoid low-lying areas and other areas that are subject to flooding.
    • Avoid areas that have moving or rising water.
    • If your car stalls or becomes surrounded by water and if you can get out safely, move to higher ground and abandon the car.
After a Flood
  • Listen for updated information and instructions on a NOAA Weather Radio or battery-powered radio or television.
  • Avoid the areas that have been flooded.
  • Stay dry to avoid the risk of hypothermia.
  • Return home only when the proper authorities say that it is safe to do so.
  • Avoid entering a building that is surrounded by water. Do not enter any building unless you are told that it is safe.
  • Stay away from fallen electrical lines.
  • Wear sturdy shoes.
  • Watch for broken glass, debris, spills and downed power lines.
  • Watch out for animals that may enter buildings after a flood. Creatures such as snakes are displaced during floods.
  • Throw away any food that has come in contact with floodwater. Canned foods can be used as long as the cans are not dented or damaged.
  • Do not use the water for drinking, cooking or personal hygiene until the proper authorities say that it is safe to do so. If you have a well that was flooded, have it pumped out and tested for purity before using it.
  • Use the telephone for life-threatening emergencies only.
  • Use a flashlight and not candles, which can ignite flammable materials.
  • If it is safe to re-enter your home, inspect for damage to the electrical, gas, sewage and water systems.
    • If there are sparks or broken wires, turn off the electricity (unless you have to step in water to get to the fuse box or circuit breaker).
    • If you smell gas or hear a hissing sound, open a window and leave the building. If possible, turn off the gas from the main valve outside and call the gas company. The gas can only be turned back on by a professional.
    • If you think there is sewage damage, avoid using the toilet.
    • If you suspect water system damage, avoid using water from the tap.

 

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