Flash floods move at incredible speeds. They can roll boulders, tear down trees, and destroy buildings and bridges. When a flash flood warning is issued for your area or the moment you first realize a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to get out of the area subject of flooding.
- Keep materials such as sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber on hand.
- Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent water from backing up sewers.
- Keep first aid supplies on hand.
- Keep your vehicle fueled. If electricity is cut off, gas stations may not operate for several days.
- Stock foods that require little cooking and no refrigeration. Electric power may be interrupted.
- Keep a portable radio, emergency cooking equipment, and flashlights in working condition.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE A FLOOD WARNING:
- Store various containers of drinking water in clean bathtubs. Water service may be interrupted.
- If you are forced to leave your home and time permits, remove essential items to safe ground. Fill tanks to keep them from floating away and grease immobile machinery.
AFTER THE FLOOD:
- Listen to the local radio stations WKRS 1220 AM or WKRS 102.3 FM for further details of the flooding situation.
- When you have to enter buildings use extreme caution.
- Look for fire hazards.
- Do not use fresh food that has come in contact with floodwaters.
- Test drinking water for potability. Wells should be pumped out and water tested before drinking.
- Seek necessary medical care at a hospital. Food, shelter, and clothing are available at Red Cross shelters.
- Do not visit disaster areas as it may hamper emergency operations.
- Do not handle live electrical equipment in wet areas.
- Use flashlights, not lanterns or torches, to examine buildings.
- Pump out flooded basements gradually (one-third of the water per day) to avoid structural damage.