An overflow of a large amount of water, beyond its normal limits, especially on the rainfed areas is called a flood.
Sudden overflow of water in a large amount caused due to heavy rainfall, cyclone, melting of snow, Tsunami or a dam burst.
- Loss of life and property
- Displacement of people
- Spread of contagious diseases such as Cholera and Malaria etc.,
Flood Safe Tips:
- Never take cover under a bridge or culvert when it is raining.
- Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
- If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, creeks, etc.
- Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown!
- Roadbeds may be washed out under floodwaters. NEVER drive through flooded roadways. If your vehicle is suddenly caught in rising water, leave it immediately and seek higher ground.
- Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
- Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers
- Build an emergency kit.
- Make a family communications plan.
- Tell an adult if you hear a flood warning on the TV or radio.
- Help your family move important items to an upper floor.
- Listen to authorities and safety officials. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, find shelter.
- Do not walk, swim, or ride a car through flood waters. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.
- Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.
- Stay away from flood water. Flood water may be contaminated, meaning containing dangerous substances.
- Stay away from moving water. It can knock you off your feet.
- Stay out of the way of emergency workers so they can do their job easily.
- During clean up, wear heavy gloves and boots.