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2020 Flood Safety Awareness Week is March 16th - 20th


--- Today’s topic is...Flood Safety and Awareness ---


Nearly every day, flooding happens somewhere in the United States or its territories. Flooding can cause more damage in the United States than any other weather-related event...with an average of 8 billion dollars a year. Flooding is also one of America's most underrated killers, causing nearly 90 fatalities per year

Good preparation and knowing what to do in a flood will increase your safety and chances of survival if it happens in your area. It can also help minimize potential flood damage and accelerate recovery efforts. Check out our Flood Safety Brochure and the information below to see what you should do before, during, and after a flood.


Flood safety tips



Knowing your risk:

- Do some checking to see if you live in a floodplain.

       - FEMA has an online map service center to help you...


- Verify if there is a dam or levee systems in your area.

       - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has information about dams and levees.

       - Your local NWS office can also assist you in finding this information.


Preparing for a flood:

- Prepare a family disaster plan.

- Check if your insurance covers flood damage. If not, find out how to get flood insurance.

- Make an itemized list of personal property well in advance. Photograph or video the
 interior and exterior of your home.

- Keep insurance, important documents, and other valuable items in a safe deposit box.

- Assemble a disaster supplies kit.

- Find out where you can go if ordered to evacuate.

- Make a keep-in-touch arrangement with relatives and friends.




When a flood threatens:

- Keep informed of where flooding is expected or occurring through NWS web sites:




- NOAA All Hazards Radio is another way to receive emergency information.


- Wireless Emergency Alerts for Flash Flood Warnings are available on most smartphones.


- If forced to leave your property and time permits, move essential items to safe ground, 
fill tanks to keep them from floating away and grease immovable machinery.

- Store a supply of drinking water in clean bathtubs and in large containers.

- Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, floodplains, etc.





During a flood:

- Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.

- Even six inches of fast moving floodwater can knock you off your feet, and a depth of 
two feet will float your car! Never try to walk, swim or drive through such swift water.

- Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. STOP! Turn around and go another way.

- Keep children from playing in floodwaters or near culverts and storm drains. 


After a flood:

- Boil drinking water before using. If fresh food has come in contact with floodwaters,
  throw it out.

- Seek necessary medical care at the nearest hospital. Food, clothing, shelter and 
first aid are available at Red Cross shelters.

- Use flashlights, not lanterns or torches, to examine buildings. Flammables may be inside.

- Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas. Electrical equipment should be 
checked and dried before being returned to service.

- Refer to Red Cross or Federal Emergency Management Agency web sites for ideas and 
examples of disaster plans and disaster kits.

Important flood websites:


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