This is the third series of a report on preventive measures that can save lives. This information was obtained at a breakfast meeting on May 9th, 2008, which was hosted by the Disaster Resistant Community Partners of Evansville.
The motto is: Be Prepared. Act Now. Stay safe!
Taking Emergency Action Series – Floods
Flooding can occur anytime, anywhere, and cause injuries and damage to homes, businesses, and belongings. In Indiana, flash floods can strike with little warning, turning small creeks and drains into raging bodies of water.
In case of a flood:
- Keep alert for signs of flooding, like thunderstorms and prolonged heavy rain.
- Be especially cautious at night, because it’s harder to recognize flooding after dark.
- Stay away from open channels, ditches and culverts.
- Do not try to walk, drive or swim through floodwaters. Even six inches of swift water can knock you off your feet.
- Be careful of bridges and dips in the road.
- If water rises over the road, abandon your vehicle and head for higher ground.
Do not wait! Prepare for floods:
- Have your home inspected to make sure it is not at risk from flooding. The LFUGG Division of Engineering can help you with this, free of charge.
- Retrofit your home against flood. This can include actually moving your home or elevating it above the floodplain, as well as “wet” and “dry” types of flood proofing.
- Buy flood insurance to cover the value of your home and contents.
- Move valuables and appliances out of the basement if your home is flood prone.
- Elevate utilities, including main breaker, fuse box, and meters, to protect them from damage. Contact your utility company to learn how.
- Install backflow valves to prevent sewage backup in urban areas. Financial assistance may also be available for some home flood-proofing projects through the LFUCG home flood proofing program. Contact the Division of Engineering to learn more.
Source: Indiana Department of Homeland Security