Do not walk or drive through flood waters - 6 inches of moving water can knock a person down and one foot of moving water can sweep vehicles away.
Do not drive on bridges over fast-moving floodwaters - the water can scour foundation material and make bridges unstable.
Immediately seek out higher ground.
Abandon vehicles surrounded by standing water and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.
Do not camp or park along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall.
Turn on your TV/radio to receive the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.
Build or restock first aid and emergency kits - always include a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.
Lately, the Tri-state has seen some pretty extensive flooding and not everyone knows what they should do in flood conditions since flooding isn't a frequent or predictable natural disaster in this area. Floods can happen quickly and with almost no warning. According to Ready.gov, the following safety tips should be followed in the event that a flood warning is issued in your area:
Bring in outdoor furniture.
Move any important indoor items to the highest possible floor to prevent flood damage.
Unplug all electrical appliances and do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water as this could lead to electrocution.
Turn off your gas and electricity at the main switch or valve if necessary to help prevent fires and explosions.
To prepare a home for impending flooding, follow these instructions:
If evacuated, only return when authorities say it is safe.
Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Watch for debris, sinkholes and unsteady, eroded roads and walkways.
Do not try to cross flooded areas on foot or in a vehicle - wait until floodwaters recede.
Avoid any standing water.
Contact your insurance company in the event of flood damage and photograph any damages to your property.
After the flood, many return home unsure of what to do or where to start. Follow these tips to stay safe upon entering your home after the flood:
Always have an emergency flood plan in place to help evacuate your family swiftly in the case of a flooding emergency.