Sandbags should be stacked away from the outer walls of dwellings to keep flooding out. It is not safe to walk across moving floods. Water one foot deep may sweep you off your feet if you move quickly enough. It is not safe to drive on a flooded road. Turn around, don't drown.
If you are caught off guard by a flood, try to get as high up in the building as possible. Stay there until the water recedes and then go downstairs to escape further damage. If you have time, find higher ground that's farther away from the river or stream bed. That way if it does flood again, it won't cause as much damage.
After the Flood has Gone: Check for signs of damage such as collapsed roofs or doors. Look for any trees that might have been knocked over by high winds.
Floods can cause a lot of damage and destroy many things, but they do not mean imminent death. Unless you're in the path of the storm, have no fear; everything will be fine.
In the event of a flood
3. Stay educated and familiar with the terms.
Stay away from flowing water. Stay away from damaged places until police, fire, or humanitarian agencies expressly seek your aid. People in flooded regions will be helped by emergency personnel. Staying off the roads and out of harm's path can benefit them.
Flood waters contain harmful substances that can seriously injure you without meaning to. These dangers include: trash floating in the water that can choke dogs and cats; areas of broken glass that could hurt you if you step on it; and chemicals such as ammonia that can burn your eyes or skin if they get on you. Avoid these risks by staying out of the flood zone.
After a flood, do not try to wash or clean anything yourself. The floodwaters may have contaminated the water with sewage-contaminated runoff, toxic chemicals, heavy metals, or other hazards. Even well-meaning attempts at cleaning can cause more damage than you intended. Contact a professional house washing company to dispose of any debris or waste before going back into your home.
If you have a swimming pool, do not use it until officials say it is safe to do so. Floodwaters can carry bacteria and other contaminants into pools that can cause serious health problems for children and adults alike.
Additionally, don't return home until you are told it's safe to do so.
If you are under a flood warning, seek safe refuge as soon as possible.
It is not safe to walk, swim, or drive in floodwaters. Make a U-turn. Don't Float! Avoid crossing bridges over fast-moving water. Contact the emergency services immediately if you get caught out in heavy rain.
Flooding can and does happen quickly, so be sure to follow these tips if you find yourself in need of rescue during a flood event.
If you are driving through flooding streets, avoid riskier behavior such as trying to beat a traffic light or force your way into an intersection. Instead, let the flow of traffic pass you by at red lights and stop signs.
Stay away from all moving vehicles and large objects that could be thrown by sudden swerves/brakes. This includes people who might be walking along the road or riding a bike.
Never try to rescue someone else during a flood emergency. Even well-meaning attempts to help may cause more harm than good. Use caution not to become a victim yourself. If you are unable to evacuate, find an elevated place outside your home where you will be safe from rising water. A high curb, fence post, or tree would provide protection if the water reaches this height.
Prepare for any catastrophes, including floods, by using the FEMA App. For the duration of the flood, stay in a high, dry, and safe location. If at all possible, avoid walking or driving during a flood. If you must walk, ensure that the water level is less than 6 inches, and if you must drive, ensure that the water level is less than 2 feet.
Once the floodwaters recede, leave your home immediately even if it means wading through water to your car. Do not wait for a permanent repair to be made to your home before leaving. The water may come back into your home again, causing more damage.
If you have to remain in your home during a flood, take shelter in an interior room with no windows on the floor or ground level. Stay away from elevated areas such as roofs or balconies. Flood waters can rise quickly, so keep an eye on local news reports and follow official instructions on any warnings that might have been issued for your area.
It is important to remember that floodwater can carry contaminants in itself, such as chemicals from farms or factories, so do not drink the water unless there are no other options available. If you are going to drink water from somewhere other than a reliable source like a public fountain, then use chemical disinfectants to purify it.
Floods are one of the most common natural disasters in the United States.
Get to a high point! Ascend to safety! Get away of low-lying locations that might flood. Avoid locations that are already flooded and do not attempt to cross flowing water. Keep a safe distance from power lines and electrical cables. Never try to rescue someone from a flooded location.
The best thing you can do to prepare for natural disasters is to be aware of them. The more you know about your area's dangerous weather conditions, the better prepared you will be if/when they happen.
Flooding is one of the most common natural disasters we experience in the United States. It can be caused by many factors including rainstorms, snowmelt, and tidal surges. Flooding can also be man-made such as when a river is dammed or when all the ice on a lake has been removed.
Flood control measures such as dams, levees, and other types of infrastructure help to prevent damage and loss of life. Getting an understanding of how these systems work together is essential in helping to decide what role, if any, they should play in preventing flooding in the first place. For example, while levees may protect areas that would otherwise be destroyed by rising waters, they can also limit the amount of water that flows in rivers leading to increased risk of flooding elsewhere.