Flood Warning and Safety Tips
When A Flood Threatens:
Tune a battery-operated radio to a local radio station and listen for weather reports and possible evacuation orders.
Flood watches (when conditions are right for flooding) and flood warnings (flooding is imminent) will be issued by NOAA weather radio. MSD flood alerts are broadcast on the following radio stations:
If You Evacuate:
1. Lock your house. Preplan a designated spot (and a phone number) out of the flooded area where everyone can meet if the family becomes separated.
2. Do not walk or drive through flowing water. Drowning is the number one cause of flood deaths. Six inches of moving water can knock you off your feet. One foot of flowing water can move a car. Always use a pole or a stick to make sure the ground is in reach before you enter an area where the water is not flowing.
3. Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrocution is the number two cause of flood deaths. Electrical current will travel through water. Report downed power lines to LG&E at 589-3500.
4. Turn the gas off at the main valve next to the meter. If you smell natural gas, or hear a hissing noise, chances are good there is a natural gas leak. Immediately call the LG&E Gas Trouble Dept. at 589-5511 or dial 911.
5. See that your pets are taken out of harms way. Move them to high ground with you, or take them to a friend whose home is not threatened by the flooding.
Before And When You Go Back:
1. Take care of yourself and your family. A flood is tough on both the body and spirit. The effects a disaster has on you and your family may last a long time. Keep your eyes open for signs of anxiety, stress, and fatigue.
2. Always look before you step. After a flood, the ground, floor, and stairs may be slippery and are usually covered with debris, mud, broken bottles, and nails. Stream banks also can be unstable.
3. Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect for damage.
4. Make sure that the electricity is turned off when you return home. Do not use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned, and dried.
5. Carbon monoxide exhaust kills. Use a generator or gasoline-powered machines and camp stoves outdoors. Fumes from charcoal are especially deadly.
6. Wash and clean everything. Floodwaters can carry chemicals and germs that could be harmful to your health. Spoiled food, flooded cosmetics, and medicines are health hazards. When in doubt, throw it away!
February 28, 2012