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Preparing for El Nino, Flooding, and Winter Storms

January 06, 2016

Preparing for El Nino, Flooding, and Winter Storms

It’s important to be aware of and prepared for potential hazards when you’re at home as well as away from home. Stay informed and make sure you and your family have adequate time to prepare for an evacuation if there is a possibility of flooding.

Be aware of incoming storms, weather watches, warnings and evacuations issued by the National Weather Service. Television and radio stations are another good source of weather forecasts and emergency messages before and during a severe weather event. If you live in a high-risk area, consider signing up for text message alerts on your mobile phone.

At Home

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  • Keep your emergency supply kits in a bag, backpack, or container, which you can easily grab and go.
  • Keep cash and first aid supplies in all your emergency supply kits.
  • Be sure to include any medications necessary for you and your family.
  • Familiarize yourself NOW with how to turn off water, gas and electricity connections in your home in the event that your home is flooded. Write down telephone numbers that you keep handy, and contact your local utility companies for their help. Train all family members who are old enough to perform these functions on how to safely assist with them.
  • Do not try to escape rising floodwater by going into the attic unless you have roof access or unless it’s your only option.
  • Obtain alternative sources of power like Solar Chargers and Power Banks to assure the availability of power when there’s a power outage.
  • Consider purchasing a solar powered radio capable of picking up National Weather Service broadcasts.


In Your Vehicle

  • Driving through floodwaters is extremely dangerous; more people are trapped and die in their vehicles than anywhere else during a flood. Follow “Turn around don’t drown!”™ (National Weather Service)
  • Keep a small emergency hammer handy in your glove department in case you have to break a window or cut your seat belt to get out of your car.
  • Keep a fully stocked* Emergency Kit in every one of your used vehicles. Make sure there are enough supplies in each for all adults, kids, and pets** in your household.



When Outside

  • Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding. If you are caught outdoors during a heavy rain and flood climb to high ground and stay there.
  • Stay back from rushing water, as during flash floods water can increase suddenly.
  • If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, STOP! Turn around and go another way.
  • Don't walk through flooded areas… Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • Children should NEVER play around high water, storm drains, viaducts, or arroyos.
  • Stay away from downed power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is another major source of deaths in floods. Electric current passes easily through water.


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