Flood Emergency Checklist: How to Prepare
Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. They can be caused by a variety of factors such as hurricanes or storms, heavy rainfall over a short period, prolonged rain, snowmelt, rising rivers, dam failure or inadequate draining. Flooding can happen anywhere and any time so it is important to be prepared in the event of a flood emergency. Below are a few ways to be sure you and your family are prepared and know what to do before and during a flood emergency.
- Gather Emergency Supplies: It’s important to remember to gather as much food and water you can find. Store at least one gallon of water per day for each person and pet.
- Know Your Community’s Warning Signals: Plan ahead and ensure you and your family have a clear understanding of the evacuation plan. Emergency shelter locations will be your key to safety during the storms.
- Prep your Pool for Flooding: When preparing for a storm that may cause flooding, it’s important to know not to drain your pool, as an empty pool shell without the weight can crack, float or pop out of the ground from the pressure of excessive groundwater. Monitor your water level during the storm, leave the pool cover off, and turn off all power to your pool.
- Secure all Loose Pool and Yard Gear: All the pool gear that we recommend for optimal water safety is subject to flying away. Take some time before the storm to secure all loose items (pool cover, fences, pool toys, lounge chairs and tables, etc).
- Don’t Drive Or Walk Through Flood Areas: One of the biggest mistakes is trying to drive or walk through flooded areas. It can take as little as six inches to wash away your car or knock you off your feet. It is also not safe to swim in flood water. Turn around, don’t drown.
- Stay Off Bridges With Fast Moving Water: Fast moving water can wash over bridges without warning.
- If You’re Trapped In Your Car, Stay Inside: Stay inside your car if you find yourself in rapidly moving water. Get up onto the roof of the car if water starts to fill the inside.
- Get To Higher Ground: If you can’t evacuate and your house is flooded, get to higher ground and try to signal for help, if needed.
- Practice Electrical Safety: Do not go into the basement, or anywhere water might be present near electrical outlets. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, snapping or popping noises, get out.
- Stay Out of Areas Subject To Flooding: Underpasses, dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc. can become filled with water and be contaminated with sewage and dangerous insects or animals.
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