Whenever you get a Flash Flood Warning move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground. Continue to check the media for emergency information. Follow instructions from public safety officials. If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. If you must evacuate your home, take only essential items and bring your pets if safe to do so. If you must evacuate or are traveling during flooding, remember: Do not walk through flowing water. Most drownings occur during flash floods. Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off of your feet. Remember the phrase “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” Don’t drive through flooded roads.
What is a Flood Warning or Flash Flood Warning?
A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring, and you should take action to avoid or minimize the threat. Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is happening or will start very soon, and you should take action immediately to protect life and property. What is a Flash Flood Warning / Flash Flood Watch? A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. Flash flooding is occurring or will start very soon. At most, 2 to 3 inches of rain are possible. A Flash Flood Watch means that the flood danger will continue for one or two days. What should you do if you see flooding? You should move to higher ground. Do not drive through flowing water. Six inches of swiftly moving water can knock you off of your feet. Remember the phrase “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
What should you do during a flood warning or flash flood warning?
To receive emergency alerts, sign up for CodeRED. Learn more here: http://www.SewardCo911.com/CodeRed During a flood warning, pay attention to the media for information. Follow instructions from public safety officials. If you have pets or livestock in your home or animal enclosure, keep them in a safe place or move to higher ground. Be aware of local flood events. Ensure your basement, garage, or other shelter is protected against flooding. Do not place sandbags in non-watertight places. Sandbags can be an effective flood control measure, but should not be placed near your property. During a flash flood warning, move immediately to higher ground or stay on high ground. Move to higher ground or stay on high ground.
Why wildfires are so dangerous
There are several reasons wildfires are dangerous. Since wildfires can ignite at any time, even when there is no wind, you should always be prepared for wildfires to begin. Fires are unpredictable. The fire may travel from where you live, to your neighbor’s house or even a campground you’re visiting. There is always the risk of trees falling into your home or burning through your roof. Also, there is the chance of an explosion. A fire can produce methane gas and natural gas. These gases are very flammable and can cause an explosion when ignited. What to do during a wildfire You should take the following steps if you suspect a wildfire is sparking: Pay attention to the weather. A dry forest fire can spread quickly. If you smell smoke, this is a warning that a fire is spreading.
How to be prepared for a wildfire
Keep your property defensible. Know how to get your family to a safe area, should you need to evacuate. Have working smoke alarms on every level of your home. Smoke alarms should be updated with fresh batteries every year. Have a plan for your pets. Don’t overfeed your pets to prevent them from starving to death. Leave food, water, and shade for them. Choose a safe place for your pets. Keep them with you as much as possible and bring them into your line of fire should a fire approach. Consider getting a live trap for use during a wildfire. Put a waterproof pad or blanket for their food. Make sure their collar has the owner’s phone number in case the pet gets lost during a wildfire. Have additional supplies on hand such as leashes, favorite toys, and food.
Flooding is a hazard that doesn’t discriminate on the basis of age, sex, or economic status. If you’re in a flood-prone area, consider relocating to higher ground and leaving electronics and other items on high shelves to minimize your chances of getting damaged. Flood insurance is an option to protect your property, so make sure to consult with an insurance agent to find out what is covered in your area. This article was written by the team at Fishbreath, a technical community focused on land management, pollution monitoring, and emergency response.