This guide will teach about flood safety tips to save your life. We'll also go over what you should do if you find yourself in the middle of a flood or have been affected by one already. If you want to stay prepared for any natural disaster, then read on.
Learn and practice your local evacuation routes and shelter plans. Stock up on supplies, including non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, and water for several days if you must leave immediately or if services are cut off in your area.
Keep important documents in a waterproof casing and create a password-protected digital copy in an emergency. Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves and consider a sump pump with a battery.
What To Do During A Flood?
Evacuate your home when authorities advise you to evacuate. Don't swim or drive through floodwaters. The current will be too strong to counter.
Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to direct traffic out of flooded areas safely. Listen to the radio or keep up to date on your mobile device.
Get to the highest level if you're trapped in a building. Only get to the roof if necessary to signal for help. It would also be best to avoid climbing into enclosed spaces like attics and air ducts.
Staying Safe After A Flood
Listen to authorities for announcements and further instructions. Return home only when they say it is safe. Avoid driving except in emergencies, wear protective clothing and boots during clean-up, and use appropriate face coverings or masks to clean mold or other debris.
Be aware that dangerous animals may be in your house. There is also the risk of electrocution, so be careful when entering the waters. Shut down the electricity to prevent electric shock if it is safe.
The water could be contaminated and contain harmful debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
You can use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery only outdoors and away from windows.
Remember to keep an eye and ear out for any announcements on the radio or your mobile device. Safety protocols always apply during these disasters. Care for the elderly, children, disabled, and people with health conditions.
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