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Take Floods seriously – floods kill more people each year than any other natural phenomenon including tornadoes.

  • Ask your local emergency management office if you live in a flood-prone area. Learn the area’s flooding history, flood warning signs and alert signals. Get a copy of the community flood evacuation plan.
  • Have a fully-supplied emergency kit on hand.
  • Develop an emergency communication plan, and a plan for getting back together in case family members are separated during floods.
  • Ask an out-of-state relative or friend to serve as the “family contact.” After a disaster, it’s often easier to call long distance, and it’s unlikely this contact will be involved in the same disaster.
  • Teach all family members how and when to turn off gas, electricity, and water.
  • Teach children how and when to call 911, police, and fire, and which radio or TV station to tune to for emergency information.
  • If a flood comes, go to an upper floor (if outdoors, climb to high ground and stay there); if told to leave, do so immediately.
  • Never attempt to walk or drive through floodwaters. Even 6-inch-deep water can sweep you off your feet; even less can cause loss of control of a vehicle.  Turn around don’t drown
  • Flood dangers do not end when the water recedes. Listen to a radio or television and don’t return home until authorities indicate it is safe to do so. Even then, listen for and follow all instructions they give you.
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