Floods & Water Damage

flooded streetProlonged rainfall over several days can cause a river or stream to overflow and flood the surrounding area. A flash flood after intense rainfall of one inch or more per hour often catches people unprepared.

Regardless, the rule for being safe is simple: head for the high ground and stay away from the water. Even a shallow depth of fast-moving flood water produces more force than most people imagine. The most dangerous thing you can do is to try walking, swimming, or driving your care through swift water.

Still, you can take steps to prepare for these types of emergencies. Hold a family meeting and discuss your Family Disaster Plan for a flood.

  1. Know what to expect.
  2. Prepare a Family Disaster Kit-
  3. When a FLOOD WATCH is issued-
  4. When a FLOOD WATCH is issued- listen to local radio or television stations for information and advise. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
  5. When a FLASH FLOOD WATCH is issued- be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice.
  6. When a FLASH FLOOD WARNING is issued-

And remember, when a tornado, earthquake, flood, fire, or other emergency happens in your community, you can count on your local American Red Cross chapter to be there to help you and your family.

Sources: IEMA, American Red Cross, & NOAA

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