Staying Safe in a Flood
Due to the recent floods hitting the country in the last couple days, its important to stay safe when a flood hits your area. There have been numerous deaths associated with the flooding, but hopefully by following these tips, injuries and deaths can be prevented.
· Pay attention to your local weather channel or radio station. The best way to stay safe during a flash flood is knowing when you’re at risk and what areas to avoid. A weather station will tell you if you’re in a risk area and weather or not its safe to travel.
· Don’t cross water that is more than several inches. As little as 6 inches could cause your car to stall or damage some electrical systems. About 10-12 inches can completely pick up a car and take it away. With the floods that just recently hit the middle of the country, over 70 percent of the deaths were from people trapped in cars that were struck by flash floods.
· Get to high ground as soon as possible. If your stuck in the building, get to the roof to stay out of the water and to be seen by rescuers. If your in the woods, its best to find a high hill or even climb a tree if the flood water is rapidly approaching.
· Stay out the flood waters. Flood waters often have all kinds of debris in them, ranging from human waste to harmful household cleaning products. Also, there could be downed electrical lines that would make the water extremely dangerous. Keeping children out of playing in the water is very important.
· Grab something that floats. If you are stuck in flood waters, attempt to grab something that floats in order to keep your head above the water. There is a chance that you could float to safety.
Sometimes a flash flood is unavoidable, but with the proper caution, it might be avoided and lives might be saved.