This week is flood safety awareness week and we’d like to use this as an opportunity to make sure you are prepared. For starters, have you and your family talked about what to do in the event of a natural disaster, like a flood?
What’s a Flash Flood?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says:
“a flash flood is not something that takes days to happen, like a regular flood. Instead, it’s a situation that can develop quickly. In some cases, it may not even be raining where you live. However, if the rain has fallen upstream, that means it will be heading to your area soon.
A Flash Flood Watch means that flash flooding is possible in or near the watch area. While a Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is occurring in the area or will be very soon. If you live in a low-lying area or near a river, stream, or dam then you need to be prepared to evacuate quickly. If not, the rapidly rising flood waters could leave you trapped. The last place you want to be is on your roof, waiting for a boat or helicopter to take you to safety.”
For more tips on how to prepare for floods and other natural disasters, download (or order) your free copy of It Could Happen to Me: Family Conversations about Disaster Planning.