Flood Preparation

Preparing for Disaster - FLOODS


What do you do before, during, or after a flood to keep yourself safe?  The Center for Disease Control has a few recommendations that will help you accomplish that task.  This list includes:

  • Seek immediate medical attention if you become injured or ill.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water that has been boiled or disinfect:
    • Before preparing or eating food
    • After toilet use
    • After participating in flood cleanup activities
    • After handling articles contaminated with flood water or sewage
  • Water Safety
    • Do not allow children to play in flood water areas.
    • If you enter swiftly flowing water, you risk drowning.
    • Cars or other vehicles do not provide adequate protection from flood waters. Cars can be swept away or may break down in moving water.
    • Keep children and pets out of the affected area until cleanup has been completed.
  • Electrical power and natural gas or propane tanks should be shut off to avoid fire, electrocution, or explosions.
  • Electric Safety
    • Have an electrician check the house‚Äôs electrical system before turning the power on again.
    • Try to return to your home during the daytime so that you do not have to use any lights.
    • Wear rubber boots, rubber gloves, and goggles during cleanup of affected area.
  • Natural Gas Safety
    • If you smell gas or suspect a leak, CALL 9-1-1!
  • Use battery-powered flashlights and lanterns, rather than candles, gas lanterns, or torches.
  • Generator Safety
    • Be aware that it is against the law and a violation of electrical codes to connect generators to your home's electrical circuits without the approved, automatic-interrupt devices. If a generator is on line when electrical service is restored, it can become a major fire hazard.
    • Do not operate any gas-powered equipment indoors.  Place it outdoors in a well ventilated location.

View all of the safety tips here for more information, as well as links to more detailed information on each subject.