|Before a Flood
you live in a flood-prone area, learn flood warning signs and your community alert
signals. Plan and practice an evacuation route. Have a plan for family members to get back
together, such as asking an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the family
Stockpile emergency building materials and have disaster supplies on hand (flashlights,
battery-operated radio, extra batteries, first aid kit, emergency food and water,
nonelectric can opener, essential medicines, cash and credit cards, and sturdy shoes).
a Flood Watch
to a battery-operated radio for the latest storm information.
Fill bathtubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water in case water becomes contaminated.
Move valuable household possessions to the upper floors or to safe ground if time permits.
indoors, turn on battery-operated radio or television to get the latest emergency
information. If told to leave, do so immediately.
If outdoors, climb to high ground and stay there. Avoid walking through any flood waters.
If in a car, if you come to a flooded area, turn around and go another way. If your car
stalls, abandon it immediately and climb to higher ground.
out of buildings if flood waters remain around it. When entering buildings, use extreme
caution. Examine walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows to make sure that the
building is not in danger of collapsing.
Look for fire hazards. Check for gas leaks. Look for electrical system damage. Check for
sewerage and water lines damage.
Take pictures of the damage--both to the house and its contents for insurance claims.
|Source: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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