Staying Safe During a Flood
Floods are the most frequent and common natural disaster in the United States and often occur after a hurricane or several days of sustained localized rainfall. Flash floods can occur suddenly, destroying everything in their path. Stay safe by following these recommendations:
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
- Know types of flood risk in your area.
- If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
- Keep important documents in a waterproof container.
- Understand and review evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
- Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off.
- Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves.
- Downed lines can be hidden by flood waters and there is no way of knowing if a downed line is still live. Keep your distance – at least 35ft, and assume all downed lines are live.
- If water is rising near your home or business, turn off electricity at the main breaker. Evacuate your home and do not return until waters have completely receded. Once back in your home, have an electrician check the building's wiring before using electricity.