With the temperature rising and heavy rains predicted ahead of the next winter storm system, some areas could see flooding due to melting snow and ice jams.
The American Red Cross reminds people to pay attention to their local forecasts and to stay vigilant should waters begin to rise.
Please remember that:
- a Flood Watch means a flood or flash flood is possible.
- a Flood Warning means a flood/flash flood is already occurring or will be soon.
If a flood warning is issued for your area, head to higher ground immediately and plan to stay there until the danger passes. If you come across a flooded road, always “turn around, don’t drown.”
Most cars can be swept away by as little as two feet of moving water. You should also avoid direct contact with floodwater at all times since it could contain sewage and other contaminants.
Before a flood strikes, be sure you have an Emergency Preparedness Kit that contains things such as a flashlight, first aid kit, medications and important documents that you would need if you must evacuate your home.
Also, work with your family to create a Home Evacuation Plan that keeps in mind your pets.
If you find yourself stuck in a flooded home, remember to:
- turn off the power and not use any electrical or gas appliances that have been flooded.
- boil tap water until your water source is declared safe to use.
- keep monitoring local news for updated information and instructions.
You can learn more by visiting the Red Cross Flood Safety page or by downloading the Red Cross Emergency App from the App Store for your device.