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Here are some safety tips to prepare for rising water—and what to do once a flood has begun.

Safety Tips

Before a Flood

  •  If a flood is likely in your area, listen to the radio or television for information.
  •  Know the difference between a flood watch and a flood warning.

watch means flooding is possible.
warning means flooding is occurring or will occur soon.

When a Flood is Imminent

  •  Be prepared! Pack a bag with important items in case you need to evacuate. Don’t forget to include the needed medications.
  •  If advised to evacuate your home, do so immediately.
  •  If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground.
  • If possible, bring in outdoor furniture and move essential items to an upper floor.
  •  Turn off utilities at the main switches or valves if instructed to do so. Disconnect electrical appliances.

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