I know that we are in a serious drought but you know what ‘they’ say – in Texas most droughts are ended by a flood - -
Some areas flood more easily than others. But floods happen in every state in the U.S. You can contact your local emergency management office or American Red Cross to find out:
· the history and risk of flooding where you live or talk to your neighbors who have been in the home ‘forever’.
· what you can do to protect your home and family.
Is it a WATCH or a WARNING?
· A flood watch means that flooding is possible during the next 12-36 hours.
Keep listening for updated information.
· A flood warning means flooding is occurring or expected to happen soon. If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately.
Flash floods can occur without warning:
Avoid areas that are prone to flooding, like streams, creeks, river crossings and drainage channels. Listen to weather forecasts. And keep in mind that flash floods can happen miles away from where it is actually raining, so know where YOUR creek is coming from!
Flood safety rules to remember:
· If you’re on high ground, stay inside unless you’ve been told to evacuate.
· Don’t EVER walk or drive in flooded areas. You and your vehicle can be swept away. If you come upon floodwaters, turn around and go another way. Remember the saying ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown!’
· Only secure your home if you have time.
If there’s time to secure your home:
· Tie outdoor items or bring them inside. Move essential items to upper floors.
· If instructed to, turn off utilities. Ask your utility company for instructions on step-by-step ways to properly shut off your home’s gas, water and electricity. Include diagrams or drawings that will be helpful. NEVER, NEVER try to turn the gas back on yourself!!! A professional should do it.
· In case the water supply becomes unusable, fill tubs, sinks and containers with fresh water. First, be sure to sterilize them with a bleach solution, for example and thoroughly rinse them. To prevent lead poisoning, don’t drink water in glazed sinks or tubs – or use it to bathe young children. Next week, we’ll discuss plans for possible tornadoes.