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.
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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.
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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.
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