Flood Safety Tips
Sometimes floods develop slowly and forecasters can anticipate where a flood will happen days or weeks before it occurs. Oftentimes flash floods can occur within minutes and sometimes without any sign of rain. Being prepared can save your life and give you peace of mind.
During a flood, water levels and the rate the water is flowing can quickly change. Remain aware and monitor local radio and television outlets. Avoid flood waters at all costs and evacuate immediately when water starts to rise. Don't wait until it's too late!
When flood waters recede, the damage left behind can be devastating and present many dangers. Images of flood destruction depict destroyed homes and buildings, damaged possessions, and decimated roadways. However, what you can't see can be just as dangerous. Floodwaters often become contaminated with sewage or chemicals. Gas leaks and live power lines can be deadly, but are not obvious at first glance.
What to do AFTER flooding:
- Remove excess water by mopping and blotting
- Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items
- Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions
- Place aluminum foils and wood blocks between furniture legs and carpet
- Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting
- Remove art objects to a safe and dry place
- Gather loose items from floors
What NOT to do AFTER flooding:
- Do not leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpeting or floors
- Do not use televisions or other household appliances
- Do not turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging