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Disaster Preparedness Checklist

What to Do When a Flood Occurs

  • Listen to the radio.

  • Do not touch any electrical equipment unless it is in a dry area.

  • Turn off all utilities at the main switch and close the main gas valve before evacuation, if possible.

  • Evacuate when told to do so by your evacuation officer/warden or local, regional, or national authorities.

  • If you are in a lower level, use the stairs to go to a higher level.

  • Bring your disaster preparedness kit with you as you evacuate.

  • Do not use elevators.

  • Avoid passing through floodwaters.

How to Prepare for a Flood

  • Learn the following about your location: -elevation level -if land is flood-prone -levees and dams nearby

  • Be familiar with the alert levels in your area. For example, in the US, a FLOOD WATCH means: -Flooding is possible. -Continue listening to the radio or TV. a FLASH FLOOD WATCH means: -Flash flooding is possible. -Prepare to evacuate soon. a FLOOD WARNING means: -Flooding is expected or already occurring. -Evacuate immediately if advised to by local authorities. a FLASH FLOOD WARNING means: -Flash flooding is already occurring. -Evacuate immediately.

  • Develop an emergency evacuation plan.

  • Learn how to turn off the electrical power.

Flood Preparedness Kit

  • Water: If kit is for one person - 1L/1000ml water bottles x 2 minimum If kit is for more than one person - 5 gallons of water minimum

  • Non-perishable food and snacks (good for at least 3 days) Examples: canned or dehydrated food, dried cereals and fruits, nuts, crackers, jerky

  • Can opener if non-perishable food includes canned goods

  • Battery-powered radio with extra batteries

  • Flashlight/s with extra batteries

  • Rain cover/s or poncho/s

  • Space blanket/s

  • Whistle/s

  • First aid kit

  • Antibacterial wipes

  • Common and personal medications

  • Portable wrench, pliers, and screwdriver

  • Laminated and updated map of the area

  • Identification card/s (who to contact, blood type, etc.)

  • Extra set of clothing (at least an extra pair of pants)

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