A Hard Rain’s a Gonna Fall … and waters are gonna rise
Safety is the most important consideration.
Since floodwaters can rise very rapidly, you should be prepared to evacuate before the water level reaches your property.
Be prepared to evacuate if necessary.
Have a Battery-Powered radio tuned to a local station and follow emergency instructions.
Stay away from all flood control facilities.
Be extremely cautious when driving. Make sure the windshield wipers on your vehicle are effective. Do not attempt to drive through moving water. Follow all emergency traffic instructions.
by rising waters, move to the second floor and, if necessary, to the roof. Take warm clothing, a flashlight, and a portable radio with you. Then wait for help . . . don’t try to swim to safety. Rescue teams will be looking for you.
there are several precautionary steps that can be taken:
at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuation is likely. Do not touch any electrical equipment unless it is in a dry area and you are standing on a piece of dry wood while wearing rubber gloves and rubber-soled boots or shoes.
like documents, furs, jewelry, clothing, and other contents to upper floors or higher elevations.
in case regular supplies are contaminated. You can sanitize these items by first rinsing with bleach.
or protect them with storm shutters.
or tie them down securely. This includes lawn furniture, garbage cans, tools, signs, and other movable objects that might be swept away.
Avoid flooded roads, and don’t attempt to walk through floodwaters. A foot of water can knock over an adult, and unseen debris in the rushing water can cause injuries.
you should consider the following: