Hurricane Survival Guide: Flood Dangers, Generator Safety and Maintenance
The hurricane season starts up for the southeast U.S. in June. These quick tips can help keep you and your family safe during a hurricane.
A flood watch means that conditions are favorable for weather that can lead to flooding. Keep informed by watching local news or listening to local radio stations.
A flood warning means that flooding is already occurring or imminent. Move to a safe area before you access to escape is cut off by water. Monitor local television and radio stations for safety announcements. If you’re advised to evacuate you should strongly consider it! Load up the bug out bags and hit the road.
Flash floods are the number one cause of flood-related deaths. Do not walk through flowing water. Only six- inches of moving water can knock you off your feet and drag you into deeper water.
If you’re forced to walk through flood waters to get to safety, make sure you use a walking stick to probe the ground in front of you.
Vehicles are not necessarily safe. Right around 50% of flood-related deaths occur in vehicles. Don’t drive through flood waters unless you really have to.
Driving around barriers can lead you to washed out roads and bridges.
Try to avoid standing water while you move to safety. If your vehicle gets stuck or stalls, abandon it and move to higher ground. If you stay in the water as it rises, you could be swept away with it.
The number two killer during floods is electrocution. Avoid downed power lines and electrical wires at all costs. If you happen to see downed power lines, you can report them to your local electrical company.
Don’t use any appliances or motors that are wet. Make sure they’re completely dried out before you try to use them. This goes for electronics as well.
Place sandbags in the toilets to prevent sewage backing up into your house.
Elevate anything that can be damaged by water as high as possible. If you have a second story, it’s best to move your things there.
Use a waterproof container or bag to store any vital documents and medical supplies.
Take your animals with you. If you can’t, then you need to make sure they have food and water and are in the safest place that you can put them.
Leave the doors to your refrigerators and freezers open. This will help to prevent them from floating around and causing damage to your house.
Most standard insurance plans do not include flood insurance. Now is the time to get in touch with your insurance company to make sure you have flood protection.
It takes about 30 days for flood insurance to kick in so make sure you have a plan to survive until that insurance comes through.
Many people buy generators and then simply stick them in the garage, never to be seen again. Follow these simple steps to get it up and running in no time.
With portable generators, it is extremely important that they are operated outside. Make sure they’re far enough away from your windows and doors so the exhaust doesn’t come back into the house.
There are almost always deaths related to carbon monoxide poising following storms. Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home to keep your family safe.
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