The following is a list of important items to consider during times of flooding:
Prepare an evacuation plan. Before the floodwaters hit, develop an evacuation plan among all members of a household, which includes a meeting place outside of the house, as well as, an escape route out of the floodplain and away from floodwaters.
Do not drive through a flooded area. More people down in their cars than anywhere else. Don’t drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. The number two flood killer after drowning is electrocution. Electrical current can travel through water. Report downed power lines to the Public Utility District or the County Emergency Management Office.
Shut off gas and electricity, and move valuable contents upstairs. Be prepared in advance with a detailed checklist because warning of an impending flood may provide little time for preparation prior to evacuation.
Look out for animals, especially snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in yours. Use a pole or stick to poke and turn things over and scare away small animals.
Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris including broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs which have been covered with mud can be very slippery.
Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns or open flames unless you know the gas has been turned off and the area has been ventilated.