There are many low-cost mitigation measures you can take to protect yourself, your home, and your property from losses. (Before you begin your work, make sure you will do it right and contact your local building official!)
A FLOOD can take several hours to days to develop.
A FLOOD WATCH means a flood is possible in your area.
A FLOOD WARNING means flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.
· Know your area's flood risk - if unsure, call your local emergency management office.
· If it has been raining hard for several hours, or steadily raining for several days, be alert to the possibility of a flood.
· Listen to local radio or TV stations for flood information.
· Refer to your Family Disaster Plan and assemble a Disaster Supply Kit.
· Identify where you could go if told to evacuate. Choose several places . . . a friend's home in another area, a motel or a emergency shelter.
When a FLOOD WATCH is issued . . . .
· Move your furniture and valuables to higher floors of your home.
· Fill your car gas tank, in case an evacuation notice is issued. When a FLOOD WARNING is issued . . . .
· Listen to local radio and TV stations for information and advice. If told to evacuate, do so as soon as possible.
FLASH FLOOD waves moving at incredible speeds, can roll boulders, tear out trees, destroy buildings and bridges, and scour out new channels. Killing walls of water can reach heights of 10 to 20 feet. You won't always have warning that these deadly, sudden floods are coming. Flash floods can take only a few minutes to a few hours to develop. When a flash flood WATCH is issued be alert to signs of flash flooding and be ready to evacuate on a moment's notice. When a flash flood WARNING is issued for your area or the moment you first realize that a flash flood is imminent, act quickly to save yourself. You may have only seconds. Flash flood tips:
· Go to high ground immediately
· Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, washes, etc.
· Avoid already flooded and high velocity flow areas. Do not attempt to cross a flowing stream on foot where water is above your knees.
· Do not drive through flooded areas. Shallow, swiftly flowing water can wash a car from a roadway. Also, the roadbed may not be intact under the water.
· If the vehicle stalls, abandon it immediately and seek higher ground - rapidly rising water may engulf the vehicle and its occupants and sweep them away
· Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers.
· Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
Flood: Are You Protected from the Next Disaster?
Call FEMA National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) for more information: Call 1-888-CALL-FLOOD ext 314 or visit FEMA's Web Site on Flooding.