Periods of Very Heavy Rainfall are Expected to Produce Flash Flooding

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The combination of storms and already soggy ground sets us up for widespread flooding.

Floods are among the most frequent and costly natural disasters. Conditions that cause floods include heavy or steady rain for several hours or days that saturates the ground. Flash floods occur suddenly due to rapidly rising water along a stream or low-lying area

 Knowing the difference between a Flood Watch and Flood Warning could actually Save Your Life!

Do you know the difference?

  • Flood/Flash Flood Watch—Flooding or flash flooding is possible in your area.
  • Flood/Flash Flood Warning—Flooding or flash flooding is already occurring or will occur soon in your area.

 

The American Red Cross encourages everyone to get prepared now, before the storm begins by using three simple steps…

Make A Plan
Gather your family members around to develop your plan today.
*If you have children who attend school, make sure you are aware of the schools evacuation route.

Get A Kit      
Being prepared means being equipped with the proper supplies you may need in the event of an emergency, like:

  • Water – 1 gallon per person
  • Non – Perishable food
  • Flashlight
  • Battery Powered Radio
  • Extra Clothing and Blankets
  • Cell phones and Chargers
  • Money
  • Important Documents
  • Medications – 7 day supply
  • First Aid kits
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Rain Gear

For more information, please visit: redcross.org/prepare

Stay Informed   
By watching the news and listening to the national weather reports to stay abreast of changing conditions.

 

Flood Safety Tips:                                                                                                                                                          
If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, you should be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary. Some safety steps to remember include:

  • Head for higher ground and stay there.
  • Stay away from floodwaters. If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, stop, turn around and go another way.
  • Turn around, don’t drown. If you come upon a flooded road while driving, turn around and go another way. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car quickly and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
  • Keep children out of the water.
  • Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood danger.

Red Cross Emergency App offers the vital information you need to be prepared : To download search the American Red Cross Emergency App in the Apple App or Google Play Stores

 

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