May 23, 2013

Tips for Evacuating During a Flood

If You Are Ordered to Evacuate

You should NEVER ignore an evacuation order. Authorities will direct you to leave if you are in a low-lying area, or within the greatest potential path of the rising waters. If a flood warning is issued for your area or you are directed by authorities to evacuate the area:

  • Take only essential items with you.
  • If you have time, turn off the gas, electricity, and water.
  • Disconnect appliances to prevent electrical shock when power is restored.
  • Follow the designated evacuation routes and expect heavy traffic.
  • Do not attempt to drive or walk across creeks or flooded roads.

If You Are Ordered NOT to Evacuate

  • To get through the storm in the safest possible manner:
  • Monitor the radio or television for weather updates.
  • Prepare to evacuate to a shelter or to a neighbor’s home if your home is damaged, or if you are instructed to do so by emergency personnel.
  • Also, refer to the Personal Emergency Preparedness Workbook for tips for Sheltering in Place.

Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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