There are many common sense things and practices we can follow to protect ourselves and each other from flooding.
DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH A FLOODED AREA
More people drown in cars than anywhere else. Do not drive around barriers.
DO NOT WALK THROUGH FLOWING WATER
Currents can be deceptive. Six inches of water can knock you off your feet.
STAY AWAY FROM POWER LINES AND ELECTRICAL WIRES
If your house is about to be flooded, turn off the power at the service box. Electrical current can travel through water. Electrocution is the second leading cause of death during floods.
BE ALERT TO GAS LEAKS
Turn off the gas to your house before it floods. If you smell gas, report it to your gas company. Do not use candles, lanterns or open flames if you smell gas or are unsure if your gas has been shut off.
KEEP CHILDREN AWAY FROM FLOOD WATERS, DITCHES, CULVERTS AND STORM DRAINS
Flood waters can carry unimaginable items that dislodged themselves. Culverts may suck smaller people into drainage pipes, rendering these individuals helpless.
CLEAN EVERYTHING THAT HAS BEEN WET
Flood water will be contaminated with sewage and other chemicals which pose severe health threats.
LOOK OUT FOR ANIMALS, ESPECIALLY SNAKES
Small animals that have been flooded out of their home may seek shelter in yours.
DO NOT USE GAS ENGINES, SUCH AS GENERATORS, OR CHARCOAL FIRES INDOORS DURING POWER OUTAGES
Carbon monoxide exhaust can pose serious health hazards.