Flash floods are the #1
weather-related killer in the U.S. Nearly half of flash flood deaths are auto
related. Know beforehand if your area is a flood risk. Always listen to the
radio and television for the latest information and instructions for your area.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH means a flood is possible for your
FLASH FLOOD WARNING
means flooding is taking place in your area or will soon.
BEFORE A FLOOD:
- Have a disaster
- Prepare a disaster
supplies kit for your home and car. Include a first aid kit, canned food, can
opener, bottled water, battery-operated radio, flashlight, protective clothing
and written instructions on how to turn off electricity, gas, and
DURING A FLOOD:
- Move to a safe area
- Move to higher ground,
like the highest floor of your home.
- Avoid areas subject to
sudden flooding like low spots and canyons.
- Avoid already flooded
areas. If a flowing stream of water is above your ankles stop, turn around and
go the other way.
- Do not attempt to drive
through a flooded road. The depth of the water is not obvious and the road may
be washed away.
- If your car stalls, leave
it and seek higher ground. Rapidly rising water may engulf the car, pick it up
and sweep it away.
- Kids should never play
around high water, storm drains or viaducts.
- Be cautious at night,
because its harder to see flood dangers.
- If told to evacuate, do so
AFTER THE FLOOD:
- Boil drinking
- Electrical equipment
should be checked and dried before used.