Read the following tips to prepare for a flood:
- Pay attention to evacuation orders.
- Listen to local radio or TV stations for forecasts and emergency warnings.
- Know about evacuation routes and nearby shelters and have plans for all family members on how to evacuate and where to meet if you’re split up during an emergency.
- Do not drive through a flooded area. During a flood, more people drown in their cars than anywhere else. Don’t drive around road barriers; the road or bridge may be washed out.
- Do not walk through flowing water. Flash flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. Currents can be deceptive; 6 inches of moving water can knock you off your feet in a strong current. If you walk in standing water, use a stick to help you locate the ground.
- Stay away from power lines and electrical wires. Electrical currents can travel through water. Report downed power lines to Florida Power & Light Co. at 1.800-468-8243.
- Have the power company turn off your electricity. Some appliances, like TV sets, keep electrical charges even after they’ve been unplugged. Don’t use appliances or motors that have gotten wet unless they have been taken apart, cleaned and dried.
- Look before you step. After a flood, the ground and floors are covered with debris like broken bottles and nails. Floors and stairs that are covered with mud can also be slippery.
- Be alert for gas leaks. Use a flashlight to inspect damage. Don’t smoke or use candles, lanterns, or open flames unless you know the gas has been shut off and the area has been ventilated.