Ready.gov’s Flood Safety Tips

Ready.gov offers tips on flood safety for National Preparedness Month.
Ready.gov has got you covered with flood safety tips for National Preparedness Month.|Photo by Brian Yap/Flickr

National preparedness month is finally here and the first week is all about flood safety. In the event of a flood, do you know how to respond and prepare for survival? Ready.gov offered some tips everyone should be aware of.

Ready.gov’s Basic Safety Tips from its website are as follows:

  • Turn Around, Don’t Drown! ®
  • Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
  • Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
  • Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

Other flood safety tips included what to do during a flood warning. Ready.gov advised turing on your radio or TV for updates, knowing where to go in the event of a flood and disconnecting electric appliances.

One of the most important set of tips on the site was how to create a flood plan. Natural disasters can strike when we least expect them to, so it’s important to have an emergency plan in place, a preparedness kit and even flood insurance.

In the upcoming September weeks, National Preparedness Month will focus on how to handle other hazards and disasters — which are wildfires, hurricanes and power outages. The events throughout September lead up to National PrepareAthon! Day on Sept. 30.

For more flood safety tips, make sure to visit https://beta.ready.gov/floods. For more information on National Preparedness Month, visit http://www.ready.gov/september.