Safety Tips

1. Do not walk through flowing water. Six inches of moving water is enough to knock you off of your feet.

2. Do not drive through a flooded area. Two feet of water will carry away most cars. One foot of water can displace 1,500 pounds of weight. If a car weighs less than 1,500 pounds it, can be floated off the road by a foot of water.

3. Stay away from downed power lines and also electrical lines in your own home. Electrical current can travel through water.

4. Watch for animals and snakes. Small animals that have been flooded out of their homes may seek shelter in your home.

5. Prepare an emergency kit in a portable container. Make it small enough to grab quickly and go. Suggested items for such a kit include portable radio, flashlight, spare batteries, spare car keys, spare pair of glasses, prescription medication, nonperishable food items, bottled water, first aid kit, blanket, list of important numbers, and copies of important papers. You can grab this and go in case of evacuation, or take it to the basement in case of a tornado. If the power goes out, the flashlight and radio will be great to have. If your water is shut off for repairs, the bottled water will come in handy.