Did you know floods are the number one natural disaster in the United States? This year the Ready.gov created the Resolve to be Ready campaign to focus on Seasonal Preparedness. The Ready campaign encourages families to prepare throughout the year for all weather hazards during winter, spring, fall and summer.
The first step in being prepared for a flood is knowing the difference between a Flood/Flash Flood Watch and a Flood/Flash Flood Warning.
Flood/Flash Flood Watch – Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.
Flood/Flash Flood Warning – Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
Next prepare a checklist of things you should do in case a flood were to occur: (Checklist courtesy of Redcross.org)
❏ Listen to area radio and television stations and a NOAA Weather Radio for possible flood warnings and reports of flooding in progress or other critical information from the National Weather
❏ Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice.
❏ When a flood or flash flood warning is issued for your area, head for higher ground and stay there.
❏ Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way. Six inches of swiftly moving water can sweep you off of your feet.
❏ If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
❏ Keep children out of the water. They are curious and often lack judgment about running water or contaminated water.
❏ Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood danger.
❏ Because standard homeowners insurance doesn’t cover flooding, it’s important to have protection from the floods associated with hurricanes, tropical storms, heavy rains and other conditions that impact the U.S. For more information on flood insurance, please visit the National Flood
Insurance Program Web site at: www.floodsmart.gov
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