Tuesday, July 24, 2007

What to do before, during and after Flash Floods

The most common type of all natural hazards is flooding. Being prepared is vital step toward protecting both lives and personal property. The following suggestions will help you develop your own personal emergency plan for floods

Before a flood
  • Understand flash flood terms
  1. FLASH FLOOD WATCH : Flooding is possible
  2. FLASH FLOOD WARNING : Flooding is occuring or is imminent
  • Determine if your property is in a flood-prone area
  • Purchase a weather radio
  • Assemble a disaster supply kit to include a radio with extra batteries, flashlights, first aid kit and food
  • Know how to stuff off your utilities
  • Purchase Flood Insurance
During Heavy Rains...
  • Listen to radio and TV stations for most current information
  • Know what streams, bayous, drainage channels and creeks are prone to flood in your immediate area
  • Avoid going to near flood areas. The water depth is unknown
  • Do not drive into flooded streets. Water depth is unknown and conditions of the roadway may not be certain.
  • Know how and when to evacuate from your immediate rea before it's too late
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately
After a flood...
  • Stay away from flood waters
  • Be aware of areas where flood waters have receded
  • Keep away from areas where power lines or poles are down or where destruction of properties have occured
  • Be alert to personal health and safety issues regarding your family's welfare
  • Continue monitoring your radio for the latest information
  • Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible

1 comment:

cleve.goddard said...

Your blog clearly explains what to do in this condition. But I think before a flood you may join some natural disaster training, in this training you may come to know what to do before, during and after flood. You may also do flood insurance before flood. During flood try to reach a high plain and keep in touch with the news and follow the instructions. After flood has occurred call your insurance company.

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