In Case of Flood...

Posted: Saturday, March 04, 2000

The following are other suggestions from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Before an approaching flood

Stockpile emergency supplies like plastic sheeting, plywood, lumber, nails, hammers, saws, a pry bar, shovels, and sandbags.

Install check valves in sewer traps and purchase corks or stopper to plug showers, toilets, and basins.

Listen to a battery-operated radio for storm information and emergency warnings.

Fill tubs, sinks, and jugs with clean water in the event water sources become contaminated.

Bring outdoor belongings inside so they can not be washed away or become a hazard to others.

If told to do so by local authorities. turn

electricity and gas off.

Pile sandbags around doors and basement

windows.

Be prepared to evacuate.

During a flood

If indoors, gather preassembled supplies and leave immediately if told to do so.

If outdoors, avoid walking through flood water even if it appears to only be four or five inches in depth. Rapid moving water at this depth can sweep a person off his or her feet. Climb to high ground immediately to avoid being caught in a flash flood or wave surge.

If in a car, do not drive through flooded areas. If your car stalls do not try to move it, and abandon it for higher ground immediately.

Do not return home until authorities say that it is safe to do so.



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