Flood Safety Tips for Florida Residents
South Florida homeowners are no stranger to heavy rains and flooding areas. While the drainage systems throughout the Sunshine State have improved significantly over the years, there are still a sizable number of regions prone to flooding. From coastal storms to heavy rains and from overflows of canals and lakes to storm surges, it is important to be aware of the dangers linked to flooding and the critical safety measures to take in the event of a flood. While it may surprise some, floods are actually the most common type of natural disaster in the United States.
Flash floods can occur with little to no warning and some floods develop much more slowly. Regardless of the timing, reacting to a flood quickly and proactively is key. Keep in mind the following flood safety tips:
- Never attempt to drive, walk, or swim through flood water
- If an area is under flood warning, seek shelter immediately
- Avoid bridges that are over fast-moving water
- Gather all of your emergency supplies during a flood watch or flood warning
- Remain up-to-date on weather via the radio or local news station
- Take your outdoor furniture and other possession inside or securely tie them down
- If you are ordered to evacuate, turn off all utilities and close your gas valve
- When approaching a flooded area, turn around
The above may seem like simple or obvious tips, but far too many people ignore them and end up in trouble. It can be tempting to walk or drive through flood waters, but just six inches of moving water can knock down a person on foot and just a foot of moving water can sweep away a car. This rainy season, be sure to keep these flood safety tips in mind for your and your family’s safety. If your home has suffered any water damage due to flooding, be sure to contact the professionals at SERVPRO right away!