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Flood Safety

The movies like to portray a flood as a tsunami type of rush that takes people by surprise. This is what people generally think of when you say flood. Tsunamis are a real danger only if you live along the Pacific Ocean. A tsunami is a series of waves that may be dangerous and destructive not just because of the water, but the debris becomes missiles.

For everyone, there are really dangerous floods that are not tsunami-like. This includes dam breaks (due to weak structures or a recent earthquake), flash floods (due to excessive rains), sewer pipes breaking (many things could cause this), and mud slides (a landslide caused by excess rains).

Find out if your home is in an area prone to floods. Make sure you purchase flood insurance. Have a plan of what to do before any flood situation. This is also something where it is wise to have a family and community plan.

If you hear any warning of the various types of floods, seek higher ground before the flood danger.

During a land or muddled, if you are inside a building, stay inside. Take cover under a desk, table, or other piece of sturdy furniture. If you are outside, try and get out of the path of the landslide or mud flow. Run to the nearest high ground in a direction away from the path. If rocks and debris are coming at you, run for the nearest shelter such as a group of trees or a building. If escape is impossible, curl into a tight ball and protect your head.

Watch out for sinkholes which may occur when ground water dissolves the soil above it. If a sinkhole is spotted, alert everyone to the danger and clear the area.

After a mud slide or a landslide, stay away from the slide area. There may be danger of additional slides.

Stay away from any body of water, even if it only looks like a small stream of water and even if you are in a car. Small streams during a flash flood could have powerful currents that can suck you in and stall your car leaving you in a vulnerable position.

It is a good idea to have a small boat or inflatable floating devices around the house or in your emergency kit in case you are stranded at home. Use a boat to get to safety. Use flotation devices as a safety precaution in case you are on your roof, you may fall into the water.

Follow the same guidelines for an earthquake during a flood when it comes to inspecting utilities. Even if everything is wet, a fire can still break out and explosions can still happen. Also, the same applies for securing your home, finding your family, helping neighbors and so forth. Have an outside relative to keep members of your family together. Have a community plan. Watch out for stray animals. Keep your pets in a secure place if possible.