Compassion for Life/Disaster Relief Servants
WHAT TO DO IN THE CASE OF A FLOODING EMERGENCY
- Keep a battery-powered radio turned to a local station and follow emergency instructions.
- If the waters start to rise inside your home before you have evacuated, retreat to an upper level floor, the attic and if necessary, the roof. Take dry clothing, a flashlight and a portable radio with you. Then, wait for help. Don’t try to swim to safety, wait for rescuers to come.
- If time permits before the floodwaters come, turn off all utilities at the main power switch and close the main gas valve if evacuating spears necessary.
- Move valuables, such as important documents, jewelry and clothing to upper floors or highest elevations.
- Fill bathtubs, sinks, empty milk jugs and plastic soda bottles with clean water. Sinks and tubs can be sanitized by using bleach, rinsing and filling with clean water.
- Bring outdoor possessions, such as lawn furniture, grills, trash cans, etc. inside or tie down securely.
ONCE THE FLOOD ARRIVES:
- Do not drive through a flooded area. If you come upon a flooded road, turn around and find another route. More people drown in their vehicles than anywhere else.
- Do not walk through flooded areas. As little as six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet.
- Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is another source of many deaths in floods. Electrical currents pass easily through water.
- Look out for animals, especially snakes. Animals lose their homes in floods, too and they may seek shelter in yours.
AFTER THE FLOOD:
- If your home, apartment or business has suffered damage, call the insurance company or agent who handles your flood insurance policy right away to file a claim.
- Before entering a building, check for structural damage. Don’t go in if there is any part of the building collapsing.
- Upon entering the building, do not use matches, cigarette lighters or any other opened flame since gasses may be trapped inside. Instead, use a flashlight to light your way.
- Keep electricity off until an electrician has inspected your system for safety.
- Floodwaters pick up sewage and chemicals from roads, farms and factories. If your property has been flooded, protect your family by cleaning up your home right away. Dispose of all food and medicines that may have come into contact with floodwaters.
- Until local authorities have proclaimed your water to be safe, boil water for drinking and food preparation vigorously for 5 minutes before using.
- Be careful walking around after a flood since floors are often slippery and may be covered with debris, including nails and broken glass.
- Take steps to reduce your risk of future floods by making sure to follow local building codes and ordinances when rebuilding. Use flood resistant materials and techniques to protect yourself and your property from future flood damage.
NOTE: After any flooding disaster in Texas, please check in on your neighbors, especially the elderly and/or the disabled, to see if you can be of any assistance to them.