Failing to evacuate flooded areas, entering flood waters, or remaining after a flood has passed can result in injury or death. Flooding is a temporary overflow of water onto land that is normally dry. Floods are the most common natural disaster all over the world. Floods may:
IF YOU ARE UNDER A FLOOD WARNING, FIND SAFE SHELTER RIGHT AWAY
Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!
Just 15 cm of moving water can knock you down, and 30 cm of moving water can sweep your vehicle away.
Stay off of bridges over fast-moving water.
Determine how best to protect yourself based on the type of flooding.
Evacuate if told to do so.
Move to higher ground or a higher floor.
Stay where you are.
Prepare NOW for Flood
Know types of flood risk in your area. Visit your local emergency service website for information.
Sign up for emergency warning system. The DORRIS provide emergency alerts.
If flash flooding is a risk in your location, then monitor potential signs, such as heavy rain.
Learn and practice evacuation routes, shelter plans, and flash flood response.
Gather supplies in case you have to leave immediately, or if services are cut off. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Obtain extra batteries and charging devices for phones and other critical equipment.
Purchase or renew a flood insurance policy. It typically takes up to 30 days for a policy to go into effect and can protect the life you've built. Homeowner’s policies do not cover flooding.
Keep important documents in a waterproof container. Create password-protected digital copies.
Protect your property. Move valuables to higher levels. Declutter drains and gutters. Install check valves. Consider a sump pump with a battery.
Survive DURING Flood
Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
Listen to local radio and use DORRIS emergency alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.
Be Safe AFTER Flood
Listen to authorities for information and instructions. Return home only when authorities say it is safe.
Avoid driving, except in emergencies.
Snakes and other animals may be in your house. Wear heavy gloves and boots during clean up.
Be aware of the risk of electrocution. Do not touch electrical equipment if it is wet or if you are standing in water. If it is safe to do so, turn off the electricity to prevent electric shock.
Avoid wading in floodwater, which can contain dangerous debris and be contaminated. Underground or downed power lines can also electrically charge the water.
Use a generator or other gasoline-powered machinery ONLY outdoors and away from windows.
What you should do to prepare for Flood:
Download DORRIS Mobile App to get alerted
Water - at least one liter per person, per day for three to seven days
Food - at least enough for three to seven days, including: Non-perishable packaged or canned food and juices, snack food, vitamins.
Battery powered radio with extra batteries.
Blankets, pillows etc.
Clothing - seasonal, rain gear/ sturdy shoes.
First Aid Kit - plus medicines, prescription drugs.
Toiletries - hygiene items, moisture wipes, sanitizer.
Flashlight and extra batteries
Whistle to signal for help
Important documents in a fire and water proof container
Non-electric can opener
Local maps - paper version (Print one here!!!)
Make Emergency Plan
- How will I receive emergency alerts and warnings? (DORRIS Mobile App give you emergency alert as standard service)
- What is my evacuation route? (DORRIS Mobile App recommend you evacuation routes as standard service)
- What is my closest shelter? (DORRIS Mobile App give you list of shelters in your area as standard service)
- What is my family/household communication plan in case we separate?