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Hurricanes mean Flooding

It is still Hurricane Preparedness Week. While Today's theme is "Assemble Disaster Supplies", we harp on that subject year-round, so we thought we would address another issue. Hurricanes and Storm Surges create flooding, not just on the coast, but far inland as well.

Preparing for a Hurricane means also being ready for flood waters, no matter where your home or work may be.

hurricane-floodingFlooding: There are so many risks, dangers, and considerations for floods – it is difficult to know where to begin. Obviously follow any directives, such as evacuation notices. Learn about your community's emergency plans, warning signals, evacuation routes, and locations of emergency shelters. Identify potential home hazards and know how to secure or protect them before the flood strikes. Be prepared to turn off electrical power when there is standing water, fallen power lines, or before you evacuation. Turn off gas and water supplies before you evacuate. Secure structurally unstable building materials. Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage. Flash floods often bring walls of water 10 to 20 feet high. A car can easily be carried away by just two feet of floodwater. If driving, remember “Turn Around, Don’t Drown.” Floods can come unexpectedly and suddenly, so be prepared to evacuate flooded areas on short notice, prepare by having a “Go Bag” ready at home, work, school, and in your car.


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Did you know that fire is a major risk during floods? It's true! Water and electricity do not mix well - not only is there risk of electrocution, but wet wires spark and can ignite a fire. Have a licensed electrician raise electric components (switches, sockets, circuit breakers and wiring) at least 12" above your home's projected flood elevation. Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure your family knows where it is and how to use it. Waterproof your basements, clear debris from gutters and downspouts, and consider purchasing flood insurance.

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