Safety in a flood
FLOOD SAFETY PROCEDURES
If you live in a flood zone, you should have a disaster plan ready:
- Have a disaster plan ready
- Make pre-arranged plans for safe removal of pets and livestock
- Store valuables in a safe place off-site
- Have an overnight bag packed
- Have phone numbers of safe places to stay in the event of evacuation
- Have your town's 24 hour emergency line phone number available
- Be prepared for power cuts and loss of phone service
- Move pets and vehicles to a safe area
- Place a sandbag over the toilet bowl
- Raise furniture and possessions off the floor
- Ventilate the property
- Plug sinks and bathtubs
Authorities will not ask you to leave your home
unless they have reason to believe you are in danger.
- If you are ordered to evacuate, take your emergency kit, essential medications,
copies of prescriptions and a cellular phone (if you have one) with you.
- If you have time, call or e-mail your out-of-town contact.
Tell them where you are going and when you expect to arrive.
Once you are safe, let them know. Tell them if any family members have become separated.
- If you have time, leave a note telling others when you left and where you are.
- Shut off water and electricity if officials tell you to.
- Leave natural gas service 'on' unless officials tell you to turn it off.
(If you turn off the gas, the gas company has to reconnect it.
In a major emergency, it could take weeks for a professional to respond.
You would be without gas for heating and cooking).
- Plan to take your pets with you to a relative or friend's home,
or identify a "pet-friendly" hotel or pet boarding facilities
or emergency shelter in advance.
- Lock your home.
If in any doubt of your safety,
take measures to protect yourself
and call 911 immediately.