Flood Safety Measures

Flood Safety Measures

You can protect yourself from flood hazards by taking measures to ensure the safety of life and property before, during, and after a flood occurs.

Do not drive through flowing water

Each year more deaths occur due to flooding than thunderstorms related hazard.  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention report that over half of all flood-related drownings occur when a vehicle is driven into hazardous flood waters.  Don’t drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.

Do not walk through flowing water

Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths, mostly during flash floods.  Currents can be deceptive; six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.  If you walk in standing water, use a pole or stick to see how deep the water is.

Stay away from power lines and electrical wires

The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution.  Electric current can travel through water.  Report downed power lines to the power company or County emergency management office.