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Flood Safety Tips


Flooding is one of the most common disasters in Western North Carolina. Where will your family be if it floods? At work, at school, in the car? How will you find each other? How will you and your family stay safe?

Follow these steps to safely get through a flood:

Be Prepared

  • Find out if you live in a flood prone area. Ask your local Floodplain Administrator, Fire Department or Emergency Services Agency about local flood history.
  • Plan and practice more than one way to get to higher ground from home and work.
  • Plan to call a family member or close friend if your family is separated.
    • Be sure your family knows how to call that person.
    • Choose someone who doesn’t live near you and let them know that they are your emergency contact.
  • Everyone should have emergency supplies on hand. You can also use these for other emergencies such as a power outage, blizzard or pandemic.
    • Flashlights and extra batteries
    • Battery operated radio and extra batteries
    • First aid kit and medicines
    • Food, water, can opener
    • Cash, credit cards, important papers such as insurance information, mortgage, banking account numbers

It's hurricane season. Do you and your family have a plan in case of a flood?During a flood

  •  Stay out of flood waters. They often carry illness-causing germs.
  •  Move to higher ground if you need to.
  •  Do not try to drive through flooded areas.
  •  If your car gets caught in rising water, get out of the car.
  •  Watch out for mudslides, downed electrical wires or fallen objects. Stay away and call 911.
  •  Report broken water or sewer lines to the appropriate utility company.
  •  Listen to local radio for information and updates from Emergency Services.

After a flood

  • Continue to stay away from flooded areas.
  • Keep listening to the radio for updated news.
  • If you must walk or drive in areas that were flooded, stay on solid ground. Standing water may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines.
  •  If your home or work was flooded:
    • Contact your local building inspector to determine if it is safe to enter the building.
    • Use a flashlight to check the building. Do not use matches or turn on the electricity.
    • Have a licensed electrician, air conditioning or appliance repairman check before you turn power back on or use these items.
    • If you smell gas leave the house and call PSNC Energy.
    • Ask a licensed plumber or gas appliance technician to inspect your appliances and piping.

For more information:

NC Public Safety 

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