Posted by Kahla Livelsberger in #YHSafetyTips, Aug 30, 2017
Flooding can happen anywhere and anytime. It is very important for you and your co-workers to know what to do in case of a flood warning or even in case your area becomes flooded. They can be life-threatening, but knowing the precautions and safety tips before, during, and after a flood will help you in this situation. Below are some steps you should take before, during, and after a flood from the National Weather Service.
BEFORE A FLOOD:
Make a communication plan
Choose a person to be in charge and a safe location to meet at.
Make an emergency kit
You want to keep essentials like food, water, medicine, batteries, flashlights, blankets, anything you may need including a first aid kit.
Know Your Risks
Know your roadways and what gets flooded first. Know how to get to an area quickly that will not be flooded.
Prepare your home
Have someone check the drains in your house so that the flood waters do not backup into your drains. Make sure your circuit breakers and fuses are marked. Check into flood insurance if you have enough time and warning to do so as most home owners do no cover this.
Prepare your Family and your Pets
Pack what you need for everyone in your family including your pets.
Charge your Electronics
Make sure you pack your cell phone chargers, and radios for updates on the flood.
If you are in an area that is going to flood, do not wait to be told to leave. Go now.
DURING THE FLOOD:
Make sure to stay up to date on weather updates from local news stations, the weather channel, social media or the internet.
Get to Higher Ground
Get out of the areas that are supposed to flood and get to high ground immediately
Obey Evacuation Orders
If you are told to do so immediately, make sure you are evacuating and not waiting.
Practice Electrical Safety
Do not go into a basement or any room if the water is covering an electrical outlet. If you hear sparks or hear buzzing or snapping noises stay away! You could be electrocuted.
Avoid Flood Waters
Do not walk through the flood waters. Moving water can knock you down very easily. If you become trapped and have access to a phone, call 911 immediately. Make sure if you are in a vehicle that you do not drive through high waters. TURN AROUND. DON’T DROWN. Water isn’t always as it appears. It could be much higher than you think. Twelve inches of water can float a car easily.
AFTER A FLOOD:
Just like during the flood you want to stay informed on updates. Make sure your water is clean before you drink it or cook with it. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of death after storms because of people putting portable generators in their garages or other inside locations.
Avoid Flood Waters
Toxins, chemicals, animals (including snakes and aligators), and debris can hide in standing water.
Avoid Disaster Areas
Please do not visit disaster areas as you could bother the rescuers and other emergency operations.
Obey Road Closed and Cautionary Signs
Pay attentions to all signs. If a road is closed, do not try to pass through.
Wait for the “All Clear”
Do not enter your home until it is clear from flooding. You must watch out for electricity in the water. Contact your insurance carrier as soon as possible to help with the damages. If you have a generator, be sure to follow the safety procedures.
If you haven’t read last week’s post on Earthquakes, do so here.