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Welcome to the second part of our Emergency Tips 101.  This time, we will talk about flooding and what you need to do before, during and after flooding occurs.
 Here are some safety tips to prepare for rising water—and what to do once a flood has begun.
Safety Tips
Before a Flood
·                          Avoid building in a floodplain.
·                          Construct barriers (levees, beams, floodwalls) to stop floodwater from entering your home.
·                          Seal walls in basements with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
·                          If a flood is likely in your area, listen to the radio or television for information.
·                          Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning. A watch means flooding is possible. A warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon.

When a Flood is Imminent
·                          Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don't forget to include needed medications.
·                          If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
·                          If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
·                          If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor.
·                          Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.

The sheer power of the flood washed away this car!
During a Flood
·                          Do not walk through moving water. As little as 6 inches (15 centimeters) of moving water can make you fall.
·                          If you have to walk in water, wherever possible, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
·                          Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
·                          Do not touch electrical equipment if you are wet or standing in water.

After a Flood
·                          Listen for news reports to learn whether the community's water supply is safe to drink.
·                          Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline, or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
·                          Avoid moving water.
·                          Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
·                          Stay away from downed power lines, and report them to the power company.
·                          Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.
·                          Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by floodwaters.
·                          Service damaged septic tanks, cesspools, pits, and leaching systems as soon as possible. Damaged sewage systems are serious health hazards.
·                          Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.

As always, being prepared is the key.  Remember to regularly check your emergency kit contents and restock as needed.  Create a list of the items you might need and ensure they are well within your reach in case an emergency happens.

Try to schedule some family  time to educate members of the family on what to do during emergency cases,  assign at least one or two adult members to learn basic first-aid skills, this will make sure you will have somebody to assist you, or in the worst case take over you should something untoward happens.

Sign up for local first-aid classes offered in your area whenever possible to help increase your knowledge and competency and remember, the life you save could be yours or your family’s.

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