Flood Safety Tips
In Texas, flash flooding is a realistic danger and with the recent weather in the Houston area we figured a refresher on flood safety tips was just what our readers needed! Staying safe during a flood is a matter of preparation and planning. If you live in an area of recurrent or likely flooding, it is important to have a plan of action. In order to keep yourself and loved ones safe, there are a few things to keep in mind.
One: if flash flood warnings are announced, be sure to have an area of higher ground to retreat to. A second story of a home or public building nearby your residence that you can easily get to is key. Although some may think the following statement is obvious, try to avoid any type of driving or commuting when there is heavy rain and potential flooding.
If it isn’t absolutely necessary, do your best to stay indoors. According to https://www.ready.gov/floods, “just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down”, and “2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away”. If you must walk outside, make sure you aren’t in rushing water. National Geographic recommends using “a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.” But the best alternative is to stay indoors as much as possible.
Also, if you have children, it’s wise to educate them about what to do and where to go in case a flood occurs beforehand, so they don’t panic in the moment. Next, be prepared. According to http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/natural-disasters/floods-safety-tips/, they advise you to “pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don't forget to include needed medications.” This way, in case you need to evacuate, you can do so in a timely manner and don’t have to worry about forgetting anything.
The National Geographic also warns you to “disconnect electrical appliances” in order to avoid electrocution. The best way to handle a natural disaster is to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Leave nothing to chance and take all precautions to ensure your own safety and the safety of those around you.
For more information on flood safety you can visit: http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/
Written by: Victoria E. , Intern