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Floods

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.

Effects

  1. Loss of life and property
  2. Displacement of people
  3. Spread of contagious diseases such as Cholera and Malaria etc.,
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Flood Safe Tips:

  1. Never take cover under a bridge or culvert when it is raining.
  2. Monitor the NOAA Weather Radio, or your favorite news source for vital weather related information.
  3. If flooding occurs, get to higher ground. Get out of areas subject to flooding. This includes dips, low spots, canyons, creeks, etc.
  4. Avoid areas already flooded, especially if the water is flowing fast. Do not attempt to cross flowing streams. Turn Around Don’t Drown!
  5. 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.
  6. Do not camp or park your vehicle along streams and washes, particularly during threatening conditions.
  7. Be especially cautious at night when it is harder to recognize flood dangers

Before

  1. Build an emergency kit.
  2. Make a family communications plan.
  3. Tell an adult if you hear a flood warning on the TV or radio.
  4. Help your family move important items to an upper floor.

During

  1. Listen to authorities and safety officials. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, find shelter.
  2. Do not walk, swim, or ride a car through flood waters. Even six inches of moving water can make you fall.
  3. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water.

After

  1. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water.
  2. Stay away from flood water. Flood water may be contaminated, meaning containing dangerous substances.
  3. Stay away from moving water. It can knock you off your feet.
  4. Stay out of the way of emergency workers so they can do their job easily.
  5. During clean up, wear heavy gloves and boots.

HOW TO STAY SAFE WHEN A FLOOD THREATENS

Prepare NOW

Survive DURING

  1. Go to the safe location you previously identified.
  2. If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
  3. Listen to radio
  4. Do not walk, swim or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
  5. Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
  6. If your car is trapped in rapidly moving water stay inside. If water is rising inside the car get on the roof.
  7. If trapped in a building go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Only get on the roof if necessary and once there signal for help.

Be Safe AFTER

  1. Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
  2. Avoid driving except in emergencies.
  3. Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
  4. Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
  5. Avoid wading in floodwater, which can be contaminated and contain dangerous debris. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
  6. Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
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