Protect People from the Hazard

Protect People from the Hazard

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.

Resources and Publications

After the Flood Fact Sheet (PDF) (FEMA-developed)

Flood Preparation and Safety (PDF) (FEMA-developed)

You can find more information on the FloodSmart website, the official site of the National Flood Insurance Program.