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What To Do During a Flood

Posted by on 8/27/2011 to Emergency Preparedness

Did you know that flooding is the most common natural disaster in the United States? Very few places in the U.S. are safe from floods, especially places near water sources such as rivers, lakes, streams, and coast lines. Everyone should know what to do during a flood and before a flood. Below is a list of actions to take that will significantly increase your chances of survival.
Before a flood, you may want to prepare an emergency kit to keep at home. In addition their are many pre cautions you can take to help make your home flood proof. These include elevating your furnace, electric panels, and water heater. Installing 'check valves' or plugging up all drain openings immediately before flooding. Constructing barriers and contacting your local authorities on flooding.
What To Do During a Flood:
  • Get to high ground as fast as possible.
  • Avoid areas subject to flooding, away from water sources and low areas.
  • Do not attempt to cross flowing streams of water, objects under the water can be moving at high speeds and cause injury.
  • Do not drive your car in a flood, even in water as low as 6 inches.
    • 6 inches of water can reach the bottom of some cars and cause loss of control and stalling.
    • Many cars will float in a foot of water, making them very dangerous and desctructive.

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