September is National Preparedness Month. Each week, your MACUCC Disaster Resource Team will share blogs corresponding with the Federal Emergency Management Association’s weekly themes for the month. Much of the following is excerpted from a DRT Blog March, 2015. You can access the entire post here.
Floods can arise from a number of weather conditions. Hurricanes, higher than normal amounts of rain, and melting snow can all cause flooding. When roads are flooded, remember this simple phrase, “Turn Around Don't Drown®”! It could save your life.
Flood waters are dangerous! Just six inches of rushing water can knock an adult down and just a foot to 24 inches of water can float cars, trucks and SUVs. Don't walk across flooded roads or drive through flooded areas. Be aware that if you try to go through deep water and water gets up into the engine, it’s very likely that you will have to replace the entire engine!
If you come upon a flooded area, retreat rather than proceeding forward. The water may appear to be passable, but you don't know how deep it is, nor do you know about the integrity of the roadway. Potholes are tough, but roads can completely crumble under flood waters. You have no way of knowing what's down there. Be especially alert at night when conditions limit visibility. Follow evacuation routes and do not drive around barriers.
Flash flooding can topple trees, destroy bridges and contain rocks, branches and other debris.
Know the lingo: “flood watch” means that flooding is likely; a “flood warning” means that it is either already flooding or it will be flooding soon.
If you get a flood warning, let someone know where you are in case you lose power.
Have an emergency plan. Consider a communication plan with a designated contact person and meeting place and prepare an emergency kit (“go bag”) with 3 days of food, water, medicine, flashlights, battery operated radio and first aid kit.
Plan for your pets. Some shelters don't take pets, but make sure you've got a pet plan and pet food and supplies with you.
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