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Keeping Your Loved One Safe in the Event of a Flood

By Vicki and Brian Day

Home Care in Schnecksville PA

If your loved one lives in an area that is prone to flooding, it is important for you to help them to prepare for a flood. While rain is certainly good for gardens and crops, heavy rainfall and thunderstorms can cause disastrous flooding that can put many people at risk for injuries, illness, and even death. In addition, flooding can cause major damage to homes, cars, and places of business. If the flood risk is high in the area where your loved one lives, here are some things you need to know about keeping them safe in the event of a flood.

How can my loved one prepare for a flood?
Before a flood warning or flood watch occurs, it is a great idea for your loved one to have some emergency supplies on hand. These include a working flashlight, a first aid kit, extra clothing, and plenty of clean drinking water. Make sure that your loved one is aware of the local emergency plan and evacuation route, if there is one. When the weather looks bad, encourage your loved one to turn on the T.V. or radio so that they can stay informed about the weather and learn right away if there is a flood warning or watch. If you do not live close by, make sure that they have the phone numbers of neighbors or other loved ones who live close so that they can call if they need help during a flood.

What can my loved one do when flooding has started?
If it is necessary for them to evacuate, be sure that they turn off the main power switch and close the main gas valve before they leave home. If you can be there with them to help them safely evacuate, this is best. Whether they must evacuate or not, they should never drive through flood waters. Driving through flood waters is the most common cause of death in the event of a flood. Flood waters can be contaminated with bacteria, so it is important that your loved one only drink or use clean water. For this reason, it is a great idea for them to stock up on bottled water before flooding occurs.

How can my loved one stay safe after a flood?
After a flood, proper clean-up is key. Contaminated water can bring harmful bacteria into the home, so the home must be cleaned properly. Items that cannot be cleaned with bleach will have to be discarded as well as any food or drink that has come in contact with the flood water.

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/features/flood-safety/index.html

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