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Flood Preparedness-Part 2

3/13/2020 (Permalink)

Flooded street with a white home in the background and small patch of green grass on the right hand side Knowledge is power! The more you prepare beforehand the more confident you will feel making decisions if you ever encounter a flood.

In our last post we touched on some of the ways you can prepare yourself and home for a flood. Now let’s talk about what to do if you’re ever caught in a flood.

  • Tune into NOAA Weather Radio, EAS, or a local alerting system for emergency instructions.
  • If you are told to evacuate do so immediately. First responders will usually aid in directing evacuating traffic. If so, do not drive around barricades, follow the route they have set up.
  • Do not attempt to drive through, walk, or swim through flood waters. It’s force can be stronger than it appears. As the popular saying goes “Turn around, don’t drown!”.
  • Stay off bridges as the rushing water under it could wash the bridge away without warning.
  • If you find yourself in your vehicle and trapped in rapidly moving water stay inside. If water is rising inside then you should seek refuge on the roof.
  • If you are in a building go to the highest level. However, never climb into a closed attic you could become trapped by rising water. If absolutely necessary seek refuge on the roof. You should signal for help once there.

Being caught in the chaos of a natural disaster can be scary. It is important to remain as calm as possible so you can make rational lifesaving decisions.  

SERVPRO of Vero Beach


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