Staying Safe Before and After a Flood
Safety Tips for During and After a Flood
During a flood, ensuring your family, friends and neighbors stay safe is the top priority. While you maybe be worried about the after effects to your home in Downtown,NV, staying in the now focused on flood safety is more important than what the flood cleanup will look like. Below are some safety tips for during and after a flood.
Whether a flash flood or a slowly building one, getting to high ground is always the first step. Once the waters rise, take these precautions to stay safe.
Continue monitoring the situation via social media updates, television or listening to the weather forecasts, especially NOAA Weather Radio.
If you are told to evacuate, follow the instructions.
Avoid going to areas in the home where electrical components have been submerged in water. Get out immediately if you see sparks.
Stay away from the flood water as much as possible. It only takes six inches of water to knock an adult down and 12 inches for a car to be swept away.
If on the road, drive slowly and avoid driving through flooded streets. If waters are rising, it’s best to get out and find higher ground to wait out the storm.
Even though the waters may be subsiding, flood safety needs to remain a priority before cleanup begins.
Keep staying informed. Vital information after the storm will include updates on road conditions, whether drinking water is safe and power outages.
Stay away from flood water. It can contain debris and contaminants.
Avoid going to areas hit hard by the flood and cooperate with emergency operations.
If a road is closed, it is closed. Standing water can hide debris that could injure you and your vehicle.
Before re-entering your home, ensure it is safe.
Mother Nature can be extreme. While taking action during a flood may seem the best option, be sure the action you take aligns with flood safety strategies.